Looking for a yummy way to entertain your kids? Try out these summer snacks and sweets recipes with them! They’ll stay busy, learn some measurement tips and direction following skills with a sweet reward at the end. Creativity is encouraged and changes can easily be made to adapt with seasons and preferences.
Crunch Apple Boats
This adorable snack will make eating heathy fun! You’ll need an apple, a spread (peanut butter, honey, Nutella, etc), puffed cereal, a toothpick and cheese. Slice the apple in half and remove the core to make the boat. Then add the spread and cereal in the hollow portion. Next, create a triangle shaped piece of cheese and attach with a toothpick to act as the sail for your apple boat. Enjoy!
Frozen Yogurt Bark
For this healthy and delicious summer snack you’ll need yogurt, fruit and nuts. We recommend vanilla Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and pistachios but any yogurt, fruit and nut will work! First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the yogurt on evenly. Then sprinkle on the fruit and nuts, freeze for about 4 hours and finally break into pieces to eat. That’s it! Simple and healthy. One tip – if you choose plain yogurt, you may want to add a little maple syrup for flavor.
Gummy Bear Popsicles
This super simple recipe will have your kids ohh-ing and ahh-ing. Fill a popsicle mold 3/4 of the way with Sprite and Gummy Bears. Then add a popsicle stick for the handle and freeze. That’s it! Easy and fun for the kids to eat. Use red and blue gummy bears if you want a patriotic theme or school colors if these are a back-to-school snack.
Rainbow Pretzel Sticks
This is an oldie but a goodie. Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate and sprinkle on rainbow sprinkles for a colorful touch. Then place the rods on wax paper to set. Instead of sprinkles you could try mini m&m’s, crushed up chocolate bars, mini marshmallows or nuts. This recipe is easily adaptable for any time of the year – black and orange for Halloween, pink and red for Valentine’s Day and green for St. Patrick’s day – are just some of the many options!
Here is a chance to add fraction skills as you bake. Before we get to the fractions, we need to bake some cookies. Baking alone will take some ability to read fractions, measure out ingredients appropriately and follow step-by-step directions. Once the cookies have come out of the oven and have cooled, give your child some icing and a challenge to show various fractions by drawing icing lines on the cookie to divide the cookie into equal parts. If your child is older, challenge them to add and subtract fractions or multiply and divide. Then comes the fun part of decorating the pizza with toppings! Whatever topping appeals to you is a go!
Summer can be a great time to experiment with some new recipes. Do you have any interesting recipes to add? We hope you enjoy making these. Let us know which one was the tastiest in the comments!
Wishing you well,