After school or a day of play… one of the first things you’ll hear is “What’s to eat?!” Whether you’re working in a children’s program or you’re a parent at home — snack and cooking with kids is near the top of the list. Many of the following are sure to be a hit!
QUICK AND HEALTHY KID FRIENDLY SNACKS!
- Bagel or English muffin pizza
- Peanut butter on a mini bagel or English muffin
- Shaker pudding. Pour 2 cups of milk into a jar with a lid, add 1 small box instant pudding mix, and shake for one minute.
- Tortilla rollups. Roll a tortilla with shredded cheese, microwave until cheese is soft, and dip in salsa.
- Cereal topped with fruit and milk
- Cheese and crackers
- String Cheese
- Whole grain crackers
- Crackers with peanut butter or jelly
- Yogurt cups
- Fruited yogurt topped with granola
- Cut-up vegetables dipped in low-fat ranch salad dressing
- Sunflower seeds
- Banana pops. Peel a banana, dip it first in yogurt and then in crushed breakfast cereal or granola; freeze.
- Celery with low-fat cream cheese
- Peanut butter on graham crackers
- Fresh fruit (cut up and ready in a bowl, easy to grab and eat)
- Breakfast bars
- Banana or apple topped with peanut butter
- Fruit shake-up. Put ½ cup low-fat yogurt and 1/2 cup cold fruit juice in an unbreakable, covered container. Shake it up and pour it in a cup.
- Pudding cups
- Applesauce cups
- Fruit roll-ups or fruit leather
- Raisin boxes or other dried fruit
- Unfrosted strawberry or blueberry Pop Tarts
- Cereal/small cereal boxes
- Animal crackers
- Fig bars
- Vanilla wafers
- Pretzel sticks
- Mini bagel chips
- Flavored rice cakes
- Trail mix
For each child, fill a small cup with goldfish crackers.
Supply pretzel rods for fishing poles and peanut-butter to put on the ends to use as bait to snag the fish.
CHEESE HAMMERS & TOWERS
1. Cut a variety of cheese into small squares.
2. For a hammer, poke a pretzel into each one.
3. Children can connect their cubed cheese with the pretzel sticks to make cheese towers.
PRETZEL AND FRUIT KABOBS
1 bag thin stick pretzels
2 cups pineapple, mango, apple, pear, strawberries banana, grapes and other seasonal fruits…
Cut the fruit into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with lemon or orange juice to keep from browning.
Skewer the pretzel sticks with the fruit and eat right away!
GREAT STUFFED VEGGIE SNACKS
BUGS ON A LOG…
MAKE ‘LOGS’ from any of these foods:
- CELERY STALKS (cut to about 3 inches long)
- APPLES (cut in halves or quarters with cores removed)
- CARROT STICKS (cut to about 3 inches long)
FILL THE ‘LOGS’ WITH A SPREAD
- Cream Cheese
- Cream cheese and pineapple
- Cheese and pimento
- Peanut butter
- Egg salad
SPRINKLE ‘BUGS’ ON THE SPREAD:
- Golden raisins
- Dried cranberries or cherries
- Raisenettes candy
- Unsweetened cereal
- Sunflower seeds
- Chopped peanuts of finely chopped walnuts
- Mix in chopped apple or crushed pinapple
CELERY WITH REESES PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS
4 stalks celery, sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 cup REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips
1 (8-ounce) container light cream cheese product, softened
1/4 cup nonfat milk
Optional: 1/8 teaspoon bon appétit seasoning (or dash each of celery seed, onion powder and salt)
Snack crackers (Optional)
- Place peanut butter chips in small microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 seconds to 1 minute or until chips are melted when stirred; cool slightly.
- Beat cream cheese product and milk in small bowl until fluffy; beat in melted chips and seasoning.
- Place or pipe rounded teaspoon peanut butter chip mixture in hollow of each celery piece.
- Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.Spread 1/2 teaspoonful peanut butter mixture on snack crackers, if desired; place prepared celery pieces on top. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen snacks.
FISH IN THE STREAM
Fill celery with cream cheese and top them with goldfish crackers!
SNACKS TO TAKE OUTSIDE…
#1 CHEERIO/FROOT LOOP NECKLACES…A snack and craft in one!
String Cheerios or Fruit loops onto a piece of yarn, string or licorice string.
Tie ends together so that they slip easily over a child’s head.
Children can munch on them while playing. For an extra treat-they can also be strung on very long and thin red licorice candy such as KidActivities did! (Image by KidActivities.net )
#2 MARSHMALLOW STICKS Let children make their own snack.
Set out some small or large marshmallows (your choice) and some thin pretzel sticks.Have children stick a pretzel in each marshmallow. Store in a zip-lock bag if not eating after made.
#3 BASIC TRAIL MIX
This is a great “take-along field trip snack” or “take it outdoors snack”… It will also help you clean out those “little leftovers” in your food storage.
Good all year long…
1. In a large bowl, add any type of cereals (Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies, etc.)
2. Mix in pretzel sticks, fish crackers, small snack crackers, raisins, oyster crackers, M&M’s, etc.
3. Almost anything that is left-over in the pantry.
4. Mix well, and place in individual sandwich baggies or paper cups.
#4 ANTS IN THE SAND
2 Graham crackers
1. Place graham crackers in a plastic sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin.
2. Add a few chocolate sprinkles to make ants, then seal the bag.
3. Give the bag to the kids to take outside to eat; they can also pour it into a small bowl and eat at the table (Using their fingers, of course.)
Add raisins (Call them beetles)
Red Hots candy (ladybugs)
Mini chocolate chips (spider eggs).
#5 SPRING AND SUMMER TIME CHICKEN FEED
Make a bowl of Chicken Feed by tossing together crisp, shoestring potatoes, salted corn nuts, shelled sunflower seeds, pistachios, dried blueberries and unsweetened coconut flakes for a crunchy, nutty treat.
(Leave out whatever you don’t like)
SUNBAKED S’MORES- Solar-Made S’Mores
- Have children place one graham cracker sheet in a foil pie plate
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and miniature marshmallows.
- Cover the pie plate with tin foil, and label tins for each child.
- Place outside in a sunny hot place, check after 20 minutes.
- They are done when the sun has melted the chocolate and marshmallow. Yummy!
- (You need to do this experiment when it is at least 85° F. If it isn’t hot enough outside, wait for a warmer day.)
Note: When KidActivities made this recipe-it took longer for the marshmallows to soften-however-we topped the marshmallows and chocolate chips with another cracker before covering it will foil. Will try again and report…
- MAKE SOLAR OVENS…
- Take a shoe box and line the inside with foil (shiny side showing).
- Then take a kabob skewer and put it through the long way.
- Put plastic wrap over the top and you have an oven.
- The most successful things you can cook are marshmallows and hot dogs.
- Just set outside on a sunny afternoon!!!
- The kids will find it great fun (Also, you get science and snack all in one).
No Bake Cookies are Great in the Summer!!!
PEANUT-BUTTER No-Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups oatmeal or 1 cup coconut
Mix butter, sugar, water and cocoa together, bring to a boil and let boil for no longer than 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and your choice of oatmeal or coconut. Drop on wax paper using EITHER a heaping teaspoon or tablespoon — let harden.
***For 25 other NO BAKE COOKIE RECIPES click here
A VARIETY OF SNACK IDEAS…
MUFFIN PIZZA (Good all year long!)
1 English muffin or bagel, split and toasted
4 teaspoons pizza sauce or tomato puree
3 tablespoons shredded part- skim mozzarella cheese
Place English muffins on clean work surface.
Spread each toasted muffin with 2 teaspoons pizza sauce
and 1-1/2 tablespoons cheese.
Spread with topping choices.
Place on baking sheet or place in toaster oven and bake at 350°F, about 10 minutes or until hot and cheese has melted.
SANDWICH ON A STICK
Ingredients can be put out in bowls and children take what they like to slide onto skewers.
1. Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (1/2-inch-thick cubes of ham and turkey are good).
2. Slide the cubes onto a skewer with other foods the children like, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.
3. Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dipping.
MAKE A ‘FLOWER’ SNACK
1. Soften a large package of cream cheese and ¾ pound of shredded American cheese.
2. Mix together.
3. Put a round scoop in the center of a paper plate.
4. You could also use Peanut butter or cream cheese mixed with drained crushed pineapple!
5. Have each child arrange five round shaped crackers around the “flower” center.
6. Eat now or—cover with clear plastic wrap and chill.
Satisfy your salty, crunchy and savory cravings in one punch with this quick snack!
4 slices deli turkey breast (about 2 ounces total)
8 teaspoons honey mustard or mango chutney
Optional: Freshly ground pepper to taste
8 sesame breadsticks
Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango chutney)
Wrap each prepared turkey slice around 2 breadsticks
Lightly spread a tortilla with a little cream cheese and place one or two slices of thin ham or turkey over the cream cheese.
Roll tightly and cut into small rounds.
FRUIT SALAD CONES
1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 sliced banana
1 (11oz) can Mandarin oranges (drained)
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks (drained)
¼ c miniature marshmallows
Spoon into 3-4 ice cream cones.
SWEET TORTILLA SHAPES
- Using small fun shaped cookie cutters– cut shapes out of a flour tortilla.
- Place on non-stick cookie sheet and lightly brush with a little butter.
- Lightly sprinkle (you only need a little) with a mixture of 1 part cinnamon and 3 parts brown sugar.
- Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes for a sweet and crispy treat.
FROM THE FREEZER IDEAS..
Graham crackers any flavor
Let the ice cream get to a soft consistency.
Take the graham crackers and spread one half with about half cup ice cream.
Put another graham cracker on top and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze for about 3 hours.
HOMEMADE ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
All you need is chocolate graham crackers and cool whip. (any flavor) Spread cool whip on top of graham crackers.
Put another graham cracker on top and cover them with saran wrap or put in freezer bags.
Freeze for an hour or more…enjoy!
Spread a layer of FROZEN YOGURT over graham crackers (similar to an ice-cream sandwich) and put in to the freezer until snack time. Delicious and nutritious warm weather snack…
Want a fun treat to make with the kids that involves absolutely NO cooking or baking? These yummies are perfect for the warm days or nights!
- 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup mini-marshmallows
- 2 cups whipped topping
- 1 box of graham crackers, any flavor
In a large bowl with a wooden spoon, stir together first three ingredients (chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and whipped topping). Mix well.
Scoop mixture onto a graham cracker square, sandwich with another square.
Continue making sandwiches until all of the mixture has been used up. Put sandwiches into the freezer for approximately 1 1/2 hours, or until frozen. Serve frozen.
TRY TO FIND ‘mini’ ice cream cones and fill them with yogurt.
Your kids may like them this way… or poke holes in an egg carton and stand them up so they can go in the freezer. A big hit and even the youngest ones can hold it themselves.
MAKE ‘HEALTHY’ SNOW CONES
To make each cone, place crushed ice in a paper cup. Mix one part unsweetened frozen apple or orange juice concentrate with one part water. Pour the diluted concentrate over the ice.
- Freeze orange juice (or any other flavored juice) in ice cube trays. When frozen put frozen juice cubes in a plastic bag to store.
- Put three to six of these cubes at a time in a blender.
- Pulse the blender -on then off, on then off, until cubes have a snowy consistency. Pile into a cup to serve.
TIP: If you blend the entire batch at once, it will keep its carnival consistency stored in a container in the freezer. Kids can serve themselves. Adding a little water makes it “slush”. Even kids who don’t care for orange juice like it this way!
MAKE JELL-O following the directions. BUT…
Instead of putting in cold water, use vanilla or plain yogurt.
Pour into individual cups; put into the refrigerator or freezer till set. Yummy and good…
FIVE HOMEMADE POPSICLES
#1 WATERMELON POPSICLES
I cup seedless watermelon chunks
1 cup unsweetened orange juice
1 cup water.
Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
Pour into small paper cups.
Place in freezer and, when partially frozen, insert Popsicle sticks or small plastic spoons for handles.
When completely frozen, unmold by pouring hot water over bottoms of cups.
#2 FRESH FRUIT POPSICLES
Take fresh fruit juice (except pineapple juice which does not freeze well) and pour it into small paper cups or ice cube trays.
Insert Popsicle sticks.
Freeze until solid.
Remove Popsicle from cup by running under hot water for about 10 seconds.
#3 HOMEMADE FROZEN POPS
1 6-oz. can softened frozen juice concentrate softened
Try orange, grape, or fruit punch
1 juice can water
2 containers of plain yogurt
Popsicle sticks and/or cups
…..Process in blender.
…..Pour into cups and insert sticks.
…..Small paper cups work well as molds for these recipes.
#4 JUICE CUBES
You’ll need an ice cube tray that makes larger size ice cubes
…..Pour the juice into the tray.
…..Cover it with the wrap.
…..Poke the sticks through the plastic into each cube section.
…..For an extra special treat, put a grape or strawberry into each section before covering.
#5 MAKE YOUR OWN PUDDING POPS
1 small pkg. instant pudding mix–any flavor
1 3/4 cup low fat milk
Mix as directed on package.
Pour into molds and add sticks.
Cool off and MAKE POLAR BEAR CUPS…
Cover candy layer with Cool Whip…Decorate with Gummi Bears.
Serve in small-clear plastic cups for individual servings ..or one big vat that everyone shares. Usually, kids like to have their own 🙂
MAKE AN ANT FARM… with Peanut Butter, Graham Crackers and Raisins
- On a plate spread peanut butter.
- In the middle erect a tunnel from the broken graham crackers.
- Next, place the raisins on the peanut butter to look like Ants.
- Children can eat the raisins and peanut butter with either the graham crackers or pieces of celery.
(You can use canned chocolate frosting if you have peanut allergies in your group)
HEALTHY HOME MADE POP!
100% frozen concentrate juice (and flavor)
Carbonated water (amount required on juice can)
Make frozen concentrate juice by the directions on can, substituting carbonated water for the regular water.
Pour into cups and enjoy.
Serving size 6 oz.
REMINDER…THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR FOR YOUR ICE-CREAM SUNDAE BAR OR ICE-CREAM SOCIAL!
Put out… Ice cream, assorted ice cream toppings, sprinkles, cool whip, cherries, crushed Oreo cookies, M&M’s…
HOMEMADE BAGGED ICE-CREAM
Large resealable bags
Small resealable bags
1 Clean Gallon Milk Jug
Measuring Cups and Spoons
½ tsp. salt, 2 cups sugar, Milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 4 cups half & half (dairy cream), Crushed ice,
Optional: Crushed fruit -strawberries, peaches or raspberries
1. In one clean milk jug add the salt, vanilla, sugar, and half & half…
2. Fill the rest of the milk jug with milk so that it’s almost full.
3. You’ll need some space at the top so that you can shake up the mixture. Place the cap on the top and carefully shake the mixture until all the ingredients are well mixed.
4. If you have a pull off cap always keep your hand over the cap.
- Once the mixture is completely mixed, pour one cup of mixture into a small resealable bag.
- The mixture will give you about 16 cups so you can give each participant one bag or assign two participants per bag to share one cup of mixture. At that time they can decide if they would like to add fresh fruit.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons for fresh fruit.
- Place the small bag of mixture into one large resealable bag filled half way with crushed ice.
- Have the participants add about ½ cup of salt over the ice and seal the large bag.
- They will take turns shaking and moving the mixture around in the crushed ice.
- You can add additional salt if need.
- Once mixture has become frozen ice cream, divide it up and enjoy your rewards.
Makes about 16 cups or 32 (½ cups) of ice cream.
Flat bottom ice cream cones
1. Follow the directions to make your favorite cake mix.
2. Have the kids spoon the batter into the ice cream cones.
3. Be careful not to fill them more than 3/4 full.
4. Put the filled cones into the cupcake tin.
5. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes.
6. Insert a toothpick to check that they are baked through.
7. Have kids frost and decorate their cupcake cones.
8. You can use different colored icing/frosting, multi-colored sprinkles or candy as decorations
Spread peanut butter (or frosting) on graham crackers (broken into the small rectangles) and top with either chocolate chips or raisins so that they look like dominoes.
Just put out the ingredients and let kids get creative making faces…
Ingredient suggestions: Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese, or Nutella
Bread or Rice Cakes (1 slice)
M&M’s candy or spice drops
- Spread the peanut butter or _______ on the slice of bread or Rice Cake.
- For a healthy version put 2 banana circles on the bread to look like eyes…and a mini- carrot for the nose. Last, make a mouth out of M&M’s candy. If not using the bananas and carrot, complete the face with candy and/or raisins.
The KA sample spread peanut butter on a large rice-cake. M&M’s make the mouth and nose. A chocolate kiss makes the nose. (Image by KidActivities.net)
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