Today’s post is a guest post, courtesy of www.funkidspajamas.com
Usually we tell our kids not to play with their food, but occasionally there are exceptions. Here are three of them. From caterpillars made of fruit, to reindeer breakfasts, with these fun and edible dishes, your kids can have a great time cooking, playing, and eating.
1. Reindeer Breakfasts
With this dish, your children can kick off their day with some delicious food and play before even changing out of their fun kids pajamas. All you need is pancake mix, a few strips of bacon, a strawberry, two blue berries, and whip cream. Here is what to do to: – Cook one pancake about 6 inches in diameter, one about 4inches, and two about 1 inch in diameter. – Fry up the bacon. – Put the 4 inch pancake on the bottom edge of the 6 inch one. – Place the bacon strips on the top left and right sides of the larger pancake – these will be the reindeer’s antlers. – Place the 1 inch pancakes right below the antlers – these will be the ears. – Put a half of a strawberry on the 4 inch pan cake to make the reindeer’s red nose. – On the larger pancake, put two dollops of cool whip with a blue berry in the middle of each for the eyes. Once your kids have constructed their very own edible Rudolph, they can make the rest of the reindeer team. Try constructing a sled out of sausage links and hash browns, or just dig right in!
2. Hungry Caterpillars
This activity is great because it can make it more fun for your kids to eat fruits and vegetables, and there is no end to the ways your kids can do it. One of the simplest ways to make a food caterpillar is to get some green grapes and poke through them with a kabob skewer. At the end, for a head, you can put a strawberry. This is only a very basic caterpillar. To make a caterpillar that is winds and turns, you can use toothpicks between each grape to make it change direction – just make sure all the toothpicks are pulled out before your child starts eating. You could also use a variety of different fruits to make each of the caterpillar’s segments a different color – for example, slices of kiwi, apple, orange, and banana. This can be a great activity to do before bed, then as a night time story, you can read Eric Carlton’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
3. Peanut Butter Play Dough
Peanut Butter Play Dough can be whipped up in just a minute or two. To make peanut butter play dough, just mix together 20 oz. of creamy peanut butter, 7 tablespoons of honey, and 2 cups of powdered milk. If the mixture is too runny, add more powdered milk until it takes on the consistency of normal play dough. Now your kids can create anything they would out of normal play dough and when they get tired of sculpting, devour their creations! For extra decorations and deliciousness, you can add chocolate chips, berries, nuts, or any other foods to the edible clay creations. If your kids make too many sculptures to eat at once without a tummy ache, you can just throw the left overs in a Ziploc and freeze it. This way they can be thawed out at a later date to have some more fun with, or just for dessert. Playing with your food doesn’t have to be rude. With delicious play dough, bugs made from berries and fruits, and a reindeer themed breakfast, you and your kids can have a blast cooking, mixing, eating, playing, and creating.