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What’s more fun than crafty foods????? Um, nothing!!! I found these really cute food crafts on my favorite kids craft site Family Fun. These are just a few of the 39 different cute after school snacks I found there.
Vegetable Flowers with Homemade Ranch Dip
Let your kids play with their food by making this creative crudité. Once their flower is in bloom, they can dip the petals in our easy-to-mix ranch dressing.
- ASSORTED VEGETABLES:
- radish slices
- fresh spinach leaves
- cucumber rounds
- cherry tomatoes
- celery sticks
- baby carrots
- RANCH DIP:
- 1 16-ounce container sour cream
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons minced, fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons minced, fresh dill
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, crushed)
- 2 tablespoons grated onion (optional)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Set out vegetables and let your kids design their own flowers (there is no right or wrong way of doing this). We used radish slices and cucumber rounds for petals, cherry tomatoes for flower centers, celery sticks for stems, spinach for leaves, and baby carrots for grass.
- Ranch Dip: In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and vinegar until smooth. Add the parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion, if desired, and salt and pepper and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Three Rice Mice
Tell your kids it’s time to make these tiny rice critters and see how they run to the kitchen.
- Cooked rice (leftover works great)
- Cream cheese
- Plain yogurt (or use 1 teaspoon whipped cream cheese instead of the cream cheese and yogurt combo)
- Salt to taste
- Green peas (eyes)
- Corn niblets (nose)
- Chive or cheese-stick (tail)
- With slightly dampened hands, roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Now add the features: green-pea eyes, corn-niblet noses, chive or cheese-stick tails.
- For ears? Try olives, cheese, radishes or anything that, well, sounds good.
This stovetop recipe adds popcorn to the original campfire version of s’mores and turns the familiar snack into an easy, portable treat.
Note: Kids can form the popcorn s’mores into balls using plastic sandwich bags as gloves.
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 cups freshly popped popcorn, cooled (do not use air-popped popcorn, as the kernels are too delicate for the hot syrup)
- 1 (10 1/2-ounce) package mini marshmallows
- 2 cups mini graham cookies (we used Teddy Grahams)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Combine the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and cook over high heat for 5 minutes (this mixture gets very hot). Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
- Combine the popcorn and the marshmallows in a large metal or heat-resistant glass bowl (not plastic; the heat could damage it). Drizzle the sugar mixture over the popcorn, then gently stir in the graham cracker cookies and chocolate chips.
- Let the mixture set until cool enough to handle, then using buttered plastic sandwich bags on your hands, form the mixture into golf-ball-sized balls. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 30.
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I can’t wait to try these and all the rest out on my kids. Never hurts to be creative! 🙂