You’ve heard (and probably said) it before: Don’t play with your food! But we say yes to edible crafts: Go ahead, play with your food all you like! Getting crafty with family snacks is a great way to spend quality time with your kids. It can also encourage picky eaters to snack right, and even help to spark interests and skills in cooking.
As celebrity chef Jamie Oliver puts it, “I could cook from an early age—purely because I liked it.” So get your own kids into the prospect of fun in the kitchen by making feeding time an opportunity for art with these great edible crafts!
1. Make Banana Sculptures
Turn a bunch of bananas into a pod of playful dolphins simply by peeling just the very tip of one end, slipping a green grape in the small gap, and drawing a little eye on the peel near the opening. You can prop each yellow dolphin in a little bowl or cup and surround it with more purple grapes to simulate the sea.
2. Race Car Apple Snacks
This is a great way to get your kids to snack on apples. Simply cut an apple into sections lengthwise, and slice a bunch of grapes in half. Add the halves of grapes to one side of an apple section, so that the apple section looks like a little car, and the grapes become its wheels. You can also use banana slices as wheels if you’re looking for four-wheel drive!
3. Monkey Snack
With nothing more than a cookie cutter, a vitamin bottle, a condiment bottle lid and a straw, believe it or not you can turn the prospect of a plain old ham and cheese sandwich into an adorable monkey. Serve your ham and cheese monkey with a side of banana chips!
4. Bears at the Beach
Who knew making snacks could be like creating the most elaborate and adorable tableaus? This idea puts Teddy Grahams as the stars of little moments at he beach, using cupcakes as little islands, blue icing for the ocean, and cocktail umbrellas to complete the scene.
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5. Dinosaur Lunch
Ditch the lunch bag sandwich and instead create your very own Jurassic Park by creating little dinosaurs on all-grape terrain. Use bread for the dino bodies, marshmallows and raisins for eyes, and little crackers for legs and spikes.
6. Mini Jell-O Aquarium
These are edible crafts are so cute that your kids may not even want to eat them! Use a mason jar as the “aquarium,” jellybeans for coral and rocks, Jell-o as the underwater world, and Swedish fish as the stars of the show!
7. Palm Tree Fruit Dessert
This one is a great way to get kids who don’t like eating fruit more excited about produce. On a plate, assemble bananas as tree trunks, sliced kiwis as palm leaves, and arrange orange or mandarin segments to form a little tropical island on which your palm trees sway.
8. Lions and Tigers and Bears…Yum! Yum!
With nothing more than some celery stalks, animal crackers and some peanut butter you can turn an everyday lunch into a veritable safari. Spread the peanut butter onto the hollow part of the celery, and stand four of the animals in the peanut butter. You can sprinkle the scene with graham cracker crumbs to mimic dirt, and watch as your kids happily devour the wonderful nutrients found in celery and peanut butter.
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