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With the winter weather forcing kids to play indoors, keeping them engaged — and from tearing apart the house — can become a challenge for parents within a couple of days. Instead of turning on a movie or caving in to video games, plan a couple of fun and edible activities your kids' next snow day or school holiday.

Our suggestions for edible snacks comes with a caveat: playing with your food is not always bad, especially when the food is meant to be played with. Give kids a chance to be creative by making their own pizzas with flour tortillas instead of yeasted dough. Decorate healthy snacks like you would a cake, and kids will be excited to have them in their school lunches. And once you discover edible play dough, your days of fishing tutti-frutti Play-Doh out of your children’s mouths will finally be over.

Make Your Own Pizzas

If you have lots of time, or are hosting a make-your-own-pizza party, you can make your own pizza dough. But, if it’s just you and the kids, use plain 6 or 8-inch flour tortillas instead of the dough for an easier alternative (plus, there are fewer carbohydrates). Prepare lots of healthy bite-sized toppings for the kids to pick and choose from, including diced grilled chicken, sliced red peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, ham, raisins, turkey sausage, and diced broccoli florets. Create happy face pizzas, using the peppers for a smile, pineapple for eyes, and broccoli for curly hair.

What you need: Flour tortillas, plain marinara sauce, grated mozzarella cheese, assorted toppings.

How-to:

1. Place tortillas on a foil-lined baking sheet.

2. Spread the tortilla lightly with tomato sauce.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top.

4. Decorate with toppings as desired.

5. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly and serve.

Designer Granola Bars

If you’ve ever looked at the ingredient list on a package of granola bars, you might have been surprised to see all sorts of unnatural additives like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and caramel color. Instead of purchasing these store-variety sugar bombs (you might as well serve your kids candy), instead turn making homemade granola bars for their lunchboxes or after school snack into a fun activity that you can do together.

To personalize your bars, start with a basic granola recipe and then add your own combination of flavorings or toppings to create a custom bar. This basic recipe combines cinnamon, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries in the bars, but we’d try some of these more exotic flavor combinations:

Tropical: Substitute the pecans for macadamia nuts, and then replace the dried cranberries with a mixture of sweetened flaked coconut and chopped dried mango.

Dried Cherry and Almond: Swap the pecans and cranberries for chopped toasted almonds and dried cherries.

Chocolate Peanut Butter: Instead of the sugar, nuts, and raisins, add in peanut butter and your favorite kind of chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Raisin: Substitute raisins for the dried cranberries and pecans, and increase the amount of cinnamon.

Maple Walnut: Substitute maple syrup for sugar, and add in chopped toasted walnuts.

Edible Play Dough

Be warned that this dough is very good when eaten, but contains a fair amount of sugar for little tummies. So, before you let your children have the dough (as they will eat their creations), make sure that they have already had a simple, yet nutritious lunch that will act as a buffer to the slight sugar rush.

What you need: Peanut butter, honey, confectioners’ sugar, optional nuts, raisins, and/or play dough tools for creating shapes and patterns.

How-to:

1. Combine 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup honey, and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar together in a large bowl.

2. Mix with a spoon until well-combined (depending on your ingredients, you may need more honey or peanut butter if the dough is too try, or more confectioners’ sugar if it is too sticky).

3. Give the dough to your kids and watch them play. We’re partial to edible play dough “cookies,” little rounds rolled thin and decorated with raisins and peanuts.

Dirt Cake

Another favorite childhood activity is making mud pies outside with dirt. Instead, get dirty in the kitchen and create miniature dirt cakes with your children that are actually edible.

The basic ingredients for dirt cake are pudding, crushed chocolate wafer cookies, and of course, a gummy worm. These are layered however you please in small terracotta flower pots (make sure they’re clean), but you can also use mugs or even a baking pan with at least 2-inch sides. We’ve also seen dirt cakes decorated with real flowers; just stick a trimmed drinking straw into the cake and then place the flower stem into the straw.

What you need: Chocolate or vanilla pudding, crushed chocolate wafer cookies, gummy worms, optional straw and flowers.

How-to:

1. If using terracotta flower pots, cover up the drainage hole with a chocolate wafer.

2. Layer pudding and cookie crumbs into pots, beginning and ending with the crumbs.

3. Garnish puddings with gummy worm and let chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Add optional straw and flower just before serving.

Ants on a Log

This is a healthy snack that appeals to both kids and adults. Traditionally, ants on a log are made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins, but you can also experiment with swiss chard stems, cream cheese, dried cherries, dried cranberries, and more.

What you need: Celery stalks, peanut butter, raisins, knife.

How-to:

1. Fill washed, trimmed, and dried stalks of celery with peanut butter.

2. Dot filling with raisins, like ants walking on a log.

3. Devour.


DLTK's Bible Crafts for Kids Bible Recipes

Here is a list of a few of our favorite Bible recipes along with some that our viewers have contributed over the years. For more recipes visit DLTK's Recipes.

We would love to hear from you about your favorite Bible recipes!

Apple Snack - forbidden fruit good for Adam and Eve story

Candy Corn Cookies - Parable of the Sower and the Seed

Chocolate Snakes - good for Adam and Eve story

Crafty Snacks - Tower of Babel or Jacob's Ladder

Creation Cookies - use an Oreo cookie to reinforce the Creation story

Easter Story Cookies - reinforce the story of Jesus crucifixion with these wonderful cookies

Grasshopper Legs - or locust legs, use with John the Baptist lesson

Goldfish Snack - reinforces Jesus feeding the five thousand

Popcorn Praises - demonstrates God's love for us

Praying Pretzels - pretzels were first made by monks who gave them as rewards to children who had learned their prayers.

Resurrection Rolls - another way to reinforce the Easter story

Unique Christmas Cake - includes a story about Jesus birthday, and His love for all

Unleavened Bread and Tuna - represents Jesus feeding the five thousand


Our Edible Paint Recipe

There are a lot of recipes out there for edible finger paint for toddlers and babies. Our recipe is the one that has proven to work the best for us.

It isn’t too runny. It has just the right amount of thickness. It dries – unlike some of the other versions we have seen. And it’s honestly tasty if your kids decide to chow down on their paint. (We always taste test the finger paint after we make it because we want to make sure it’s not going to make the kids sick.)

This paint recipe also only calls for a little bit of cornstarch. We’ve seen some that call for cups upon cups of cornstarch. We just don’t buy cornstarch that often so we needed to create a recipe that used only a little and, if need be, could be omitted. Tons of cornstarch can get pricey!

Our edible finger paint recipe uses flour, water, salt, sugar, and just a bit of cornstarch.

The best part? It cooks up quickly and typically cools quickly as well!


Stuck at Home? Beat Boredom with 13 Edible Crafts for Kids

These fun kids’ crafts are even better since they’re edible—just the thing for fighting boredom (and hangry tantrums too). We usually rely on them all summer, but they’re just as perfect the rest of the year, especially now that so many kids are stuck at home with schools closed off-schedule.

Does the whiny pitch of “I’m booooored,” fill you with dread? You could be like my dad and answer with “Well, I’ve got some chores for you to do. Are you still bored?” and that solved that. Or you can take on the responsibility of entertaining your child 24/7. There’s a middle ground, of course. And some of it lies in the kitchen, where you can use food crafts to occupy your children, rather than the TV or whatever digital technology you use.

Try some of these tips. This food might not be the healthiest, but it’s not healthy for them when you lose your temper, either. You know what else is healthy? Fun. Relaxing a little. And engaging in new activities that require thinking in different ways. You can achieve all these virtues in one edible craft idea. Go ahead, see what happens.


8. JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Pops

You’ve heard of cake pops and cookie pops. Have you heard of marshmallow pops? This recipe for JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Pops is another edible craft that works year-round. Try them this spring or whenever you feel like having a fun treat night with the fam.


Edible Crafts for Culinary Kids!

Edible crafts are both fun and educational for young children. Children exercise their small motor skills by helping parents put together the ingredients for many edible crafts. They also learn about the measurements and different sorts of ingredients that are involved. Furthermore, a child gets to use his or her imagination when creating a unique craft. Best of all, an edible craft can be admired by all members of a child&rsquos family and then eaten!

The following are several edible crafts that parents and children can work on together. As a note, some of these edible crafts contain peanut butter and other allergens, so parents must evaluate each craft to see which would be appropriate for their child to help with. If there is a possibility of an allergy with a particular craft, parents should avoid that project. A parent should be sure to supervise and assist children as they go about creating some of these fun crafts.

  • 3.5 cups of peanut butter
  • 4 cups of dry milk
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3.5 cups of honey

Directions: (Process takes approximately fifteen minutes)

Combine peanut butter and sugar in a bowl. Using a mixer blend in dry milk and honey with the peanut butter/sugar. Continue to mix all ingredients until smooth. Parents may add food coloring to make this mixture look like the real thing!

Fun Edible Insect Crafts (Choose from a list of edible bug crafts including&hellip)

Chocolate Pretzel Spider

  • One package of Oreo cookies or sandwich crackers
  • One bag curvy pretzels
  • One container chocolate frosting
  • One bag of M&M&rsquos

Use a small amount of chocolate frosting to stick two of the Oreo cookies together, side by side. Carefully break apart the pretzels to form the spider&rsquos eight curved legs. Once again, use the chocolate frosting to secure the legs to the cookie body of the spider. Give the spider M&M eyes by attaching them to the body with frosting.

  • One package of Lifesavers (Each lollipop requires seven candies)
  • One package popsicle sticks
  • One baking sheet
  • Foil

Preheat the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the baking sheet with foil and put a popsicle stick on top of it. Place three or four lifesavers on top of the stick. Then, place two or three lifesavers next to the ones on the stick to form the petals of the flower. Make sure that all of the lifesavers are touching so the melting will secure them together within thirteen minutes. Once the lollipops are cool, parents can help kids to take them off the foil. Be sure to keep adequate watch over the lollipops in the oven.

A Selection of Fun Edible Crafts (A delicious list of edible crafts such as&hellip)

  • Red, orange, grape, yellow, and green jello powder mixtures
  • Water, both hot and cold
  • A few clear, plastic cups
  • A refrigerator
  • A stove

Follow the directions on the jello box to prepare the red jello. When it is prepared, pour a little in each clear plastic cup and put them in the refrigerator to set. Once the red jello is set in each cup, repeat the process with your next color of jello. This craft involves a gradual process, but kids will end up with a collection of cups with rainbow treats.

  • One can of chocolate frosting mix
  • One cup of peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups of dry powdered milk

Mix all of the ingredients together with clean hands. Knead until the consistency of the real thing.

  • A package of strawberry (shoestring-type) licorice
  • A package of marshmallow bunnies
  • A box with cereal that is o-shaped
  • A bag of small curvy pretzels

A parent can poke holes in the ears of the marshmallow bunnies so kids can string the licorice through to begin the necklace. Then, kids can string on the cereal and pretzel pieces in any arrangement they want along with more marshmallow bunnies. After the necklace is complete, kids can wear (or eat) them.

  • A box of cupcake mix (any flavor)
  • A bag of mini marshmallows
  • A tube of icing
  • A bag of chocolate chips

Prepare the cupcake mix and let the cupcakes cool. Create the sheep&rsquos face by securing two chocolate chip eyes and a nose with the tube of icing. Then, secure the mini-white marshmallows on the cupcake as a woolly frame around the face of the sheep.

  • Two envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 12 X 17 inch cookie sheet with rim
  • Candy thermometer
  • Parchment paper

Spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Pour 1/3 cup of cold water into a bowl and sprinkle in gelatin. Mix and soften for about five minutes. Pour the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/3 cup of water into a saucepan, cover, and bring to boil. Take off the lid, stir, and use a candy thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 238 degrees (takes about five minutes). Continue mixing the gelatin/water on low and pour in syrup mixture. Increase mixing speed until the white mixture is thick (takes about twelve minutes). Add vanilla. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet and smooth out with a spatula. Allow the mixture to stand, uncovered, overnight. The kids can help make the snowflakes by using a star-shaped cookie cutter on the white mixture. A little sprinkle of confectioner sugar gives the snowflakes a dusty appearance.

  • One bag of gum drops
  • One bag of candy corn
  • One bag of small apples
  • A container of paper muffin cups
  • One box toothpicks
  • One box of spaghetti
  • Markers of several colors

Use the markers to decorate a muffin cup which will serve as &lsquoJohnny Appleseed&rsquos&rsquo hat. Break three or four toothpicks in half and stick them in the small apple where the eyes, nose, and mouth will go. Then, stick two gum drops on the toothpicks for the eyes and a piece of candy corn on the toothpick as a nose. His mouth can be formed out of gum drops. Cook the spaghetti, cool it, and drape several strings over the apple&rsquos top to create Johnny Appleseed&rsquos hair. Lastly, put the muffin paper hat on &lsquoJohnny&rsquos&rsquo head. This is a cute craft that can be admired and then eaten!

Kids and parents can string the o-shaped cereal pieces onto a thin strip of licorice. The type of cereal can be varied as long as it is o-shaped. Also, bracelets can be made with shorter pieces of licorice.

  • One large watermelon
  • One small watermelon
  • One medium watermelon
  • One container blueberries
  • One melon baller
  • One large spoon
  • Two Y-shaped sticks
  • The small watermelon will remain intact and be the snowman&rsquos head. Cut the large watermelon and the medium watermelon in half (lengthwise).
  • One of the medium halves will be the middle portion of the snowman and one of the large halves will be his bottom portion.
  • Line them up beneath the head.
  • Take a large spoon and clean out the flesh of both the middle and bottom portions. Use the melon baller to scoop two balls out of the snowman&rsquos head for the eyes.
  • Put balls back into the snowman&rsquos head, red side up.
  • Then, use the melon baller or a knife to create the snowman&rsquos nose as well as to carve a mouth.
  • Put blueberries in as the snowman&rsquos mouth.
  • Kids can position the sticks for the snowman&rsquos arms.
  • Finally, kids can help to fill the middle and bottom portions of the snowman with blueberries and melon balls from the leftover watermelon halves.

Beginning with a single marshmallow, stick a toothpick into each side of it. Attach a marshmallow onto the end of each of those toothpicks. Continue to build outward until a unique snowflake has formed.

  • 1/3 c. soft butter
  • 1/3 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 to 2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar/icing sugar

Combine corn syrup, butter, peppermint, salt, and coloring if desired. After mixing well, add the powdered sugar. Knead the mixture, adding a little more powdered sugar if needed. Be sure to store it in the refrigerator if it is not to be used right away.

  • One bag large marshmallows
  • One box toothpicks
  • One bag pretzel sticks
  • One bag mini M&Ms
  • One tube white icing

Using two toothpicks stack three marshmallows atop one another. Use mini M&M&rsquos as the snowman&rsquos eyes, one for his nose, and three for his mouth. Attach these with white icing. The pretzel sticks can be the snowman&rsquos arms.

Mix a small amount of food coloring with a large spoonful of Cool Whip. Kids can create artwork on a clean sheet of paper or even a clean tabletop with this edible &ldquopaint.&rdquo

  • 3 cups of powdered icing/sugar
  • ¾ c. powdered milk
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ c. soft butter
  • ½ c. light corn syrup

Make sure that the butter is soft at room temperature and mix together the rest of the ingredients. Knead the mixture into clay-like consistency.

  • A medium sized glass jar
  • A bag of M&M&rsquos
  • A bag of peanuts
  • A box of raisins
  • A ribbon or bow

Use the edible ingredients to create layers of treats in a glass jar. Makes a great gift for a kid to offer a friend or to keep at home.

  • Ice-cream cones
  • Round biscuits
  • Ice-cream wafer biscuits
  • M&M&rsquos
  • Icing

Fill an ice-cream cone with M&M&rsquos or other little treats and secure it to the biscuit with icing. Create a design of stars around the bottom of the cone. Take two ice-cream wafers and cross them at the top of the cone to make the windmill paddles (attach them with icing). M&M&rsquos and other small candies can be used to decorate the base and the rest of the windmill.

Mix instant pudding with water for approximately two minutes. Put in the refrigerator for five minutes or so. Kids can create a work of art and taste their &lsquopudding paint&rsquo at the same time!

Edible Crafts (A list of edible crafts that includes..)

Take the peel of a banana and cut into coin-type slices. Use the peanut butter to secure the slices together in the shape of a caterpillar. Also, use the peanut butter to attach the grape to the top of the banana to serve as the caterpillar&rsquos head.


How to make edible crafts for kids

Give a kid play dough, and he just might sample its taste. Better yet, let
him help you make homemade play dough — that’s designed for molding an
eating. Mother-daughter team Mary Ann Ross and Kimberly Lainson provide
plenty of play dough and other edible recipes sure to delight your child.

Art supplies you can eat
If your children are at the age of preferring to eat their art supplies while you are trying to teach them to expand their creative skills, you’ll enjoy these perfect projects — edible crafts! Simply print out the projects you like and paste to colored index cards for future reference. Jell-O Play Dough
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tarter
1 (3-1/2 oz.) package “unsweetened” Jell-O

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry.

Storage: This recipe needs to cool completely “before” storing it in an airtight container!

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

Oatmeal Play Dough
Ingredients:
1 part flour
2 parts oatmeal
1 part water

Directions:
Mix ingredients together and form into shapes.

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.

Cream Cheese Play Dough
Ingredients:
8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1 tablespoon honey
crackers or bread slices

Directions:
Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended. Mold sculptures on wax paper.

Storage: Unused portions MUST BE STORED in an airtight container and kept refrigerated. Because cream cheese is perishable, use the expiration date on the cream cheese package as your guide for how long you can keep this play dough.

Note: The shapes can then be placed on crackers or bread slices, decorated with edibles (celery or carrot slivers, raisins, dried fruit pieces, nuts, or seeds for a healthy snack… then EAT!!

Peanut Butter/Graham Cracker Play Dough*
Ingredients:
Equal amounts of Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cream
Graham Crackers

Directions:
Allow children to crumble up Graham Crackers, then set the crumbs aside. Let them have just a little touch of the Marshmallow Cream and a little touch of peanut butter to feel the different textures and to lick off their fingers. (Make sure they wash their hands before starting this project.)

Mix the peanut butter and Marshmallow Cream together and have the children notice the change in texture.

Cover surface area with wax paper or use a breadboard, let children make into shapes.

Roll shapes in Graham Cracker crumbs, then EAT!!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container

Peanut Butter Play Dough*
Ingredients:
One 18-oz. jar creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup non-fat dry milk

Directions:
Mix ingredients together, using varying amounts of dry milk for desired consistencies. Knead it with fingers, forming into desired shapes, adding other foods like M&M’s or peanuts for eyes, mouths, etc. Great fun! – Thanks to Lisa M.H.

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container

Girl Scout Peanut Butter Play Dough* Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 2 cups powdered sugar Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl, using your hands. Dough should feel soft and pliable. Form shapes and be creative!! Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container.

Smooth Peanut Butter Play Dough*
Ingredients:
2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups dried milk
2/3 cups honey

Directions:
Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container

Frosting Play Dough*
Ingredients:
1 can frosting (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:
Mix together until dough reaches desired consistency

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Next time you want to use it, let it come to room temperature for pliable dough.

* For the recipes including peanut butter, be aware that some children are allergic to peanut butter.

Chocolate Play Dough
Ingredients:
8 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup plus one tablespoon light
corn syrup
Directions:
Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (a double boiler). Stir the chocolate with a spoon until smooth, then stir in the corn syrup. The chocolate will stiffen almost immediately, but stir until completely combined. Transfer the chocolate to a sturdy plastic bag and refrigerate until firm the consistency will be that of Play Dough.

When firm, the dough can be worked by kneading. If it is too hard, cut off small pieces and knead until pliable. If the dough sticks to the counter when rolling, lightly spray counter or breadboard with vegetable spray or lightly grease with vegetable oil.

  1. Hand shape the dough into a rope or braid, making two or three long ropes and twist or braid them together — can be used as the outside edge on top of a cake or around the base.
  2. Make ribbons to cover the cake. To do this, pat your dough into a disk shape and roll dough out to desired thickness using a rolling pin or else use a manual pasta machine.
  3. Flowers, too!

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerate

Kool-Aid Play Dough
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

Chocolate Clay
Ingredients:
10 ounces chocolate
almond bard or candy discs
1/3 cup corn syrup

Directions:
Slowly melt candy and stir until smooth. Add syrup and blend thoroughly. Pour onto waxed paper and spread with fingers until about 1/2 inch thick. Cover loosely with waxed paper and allow it to stiffen (couple of hours). Then play and eat.

To make flower petals, roll out little balls and flatten them, then pinch the petals together and these make wonderful “I Love You” gifts, even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day. Compliments of Kim Swanger

Storage: When not using, MUST be stored in an airtight container and refrigerate

Fruit Loop Necklaces
(a simple tool for reinforcing “patterning”)
Give the children a piece of elastic cording approximately 18-inches long and a bowl of dry fruit loops. Help them sort the fruit loops into colors and decide on a pattern to string on the elastic cording (example: red, yellow, red, green, red, yellow, red, green, etc.)

Pizza Heads
(helps children to identify parts of a face and recognize that no two “people” are exactly the same and everyone is special)

Ingredients:
Refrigerator biscuits (larger ones work best)
Pizza Sauce
Cheese
Pepperoni, sausage, olives or whatever foods you can think of

Directions:
Flatten biscuit for each child and help them put sauce on it. Then let them use their own imaginations for designing their person’s face (example: pepperoni eyes, olive nose, pineapple mouth or teeth, cheese hair, sausage ears, etc.)

Finger paint Pudding
Jell-O Finger-paint (allows the children to taste, smell, see and touch the colors)

Just mix instant pudding and place approximately one-quarter cup on a styrofoam meat tray for each child. Let them have fun drawing and licking as they go! In a small bowl, mix dry gelatin with hot water 1 teaspoon at a time until a paste is formed. This will be grainy. By adding more or less water, you can make it the consistency you want it to be.

Fall Trees
(imagination is the key!)
Prepare ahead of time two or three pans of Jell-O in thin layers using fall colors (cherry, lime, lemon, etc.). Buy pretzel sticks and place one large one for the tree trunk on a paper plate for each child. Let them use small leaf cookie cutters to cut out the “leaves” of their trees from the Jell-O.

Pretzel Initials
(some children learn easier by touch and this project just helps to reinforce the shapes of the initial or letters of their name)
Ingredients:
1 envelope dry yeast
1-1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Glaze: 1 beaten egg and a little salt

Directions:
Soften the yeast in water, add remaining ingredients and knead until pliable. Give each child a ball of dough and let them roll it out “like a snake” and help them form the letter (or letters) of their first initial, name, etc. Place formed dough on a greased baking sheet, brush with glaze and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Bread Dough Recipe
Ingredients:
1 tablespoons quick-acting yeast
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon oil

Directions:
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Measure the water, sugar and yeast into a bowl and mix. Wait two or three minutes for the yeast to soften. Stir in one cup of flour, then add oil, salt and remaining cup of flour. Sprinkle flour onto a wooden breadboard and place the dough on it. Knead dough for about five minutes.

Place dough in a bowl and cover it, letting it rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place away from drafts, open windows, etc. Punch the dough down and work it into a ball. Next, separate the dough into smaller portions and let the children use their hands to roll the dough into ropes or snakes to mold dough into different shapes.

Ghost Snack (for a healthier snack use raisins instead of M&M’s)
Marshmallow Building Blocks (inexpensive afternoon snack)
Grilled Cheese People (children can use their imaginations while helping you prepare their lunch!)

Spread softened cream cheese on slices of white bread. Give each child one slice of the bread and a ghost cookie cutter. After they have cut it out let them use various things to decorate it. (Change the cookie cutter pattern to fit any holiday throughout the year) Show your child how to stick toothpicks into the marshmallows and then allow them to build anything their imaginations allow, including perhaps a contest to see who can build the tallest tower.

Ahead of time, use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles from slices of bread. Let the children top the circles with cheese. To make each cheesy person, use two circles (one for the head and one for the body). Place them on a cookie sheet, add bacon bits eyes, noses and buttons. Broil until the cheese melts and give one cheesy person to each child. Let them then add the arms and legs (carrot and celery sticks) and the bread left over from cutting out the circles can now be used as shoes, gloves, hats, neckties, bows, etc.

Tasty Paint
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Several drops of food coloring

Give the children paintbrushes and paper or just let them use their fingers. The paint will be a pastel color and when it dries, it will be kind of glossy.

Enjoy these fun projects with your children by letting your imagination be your guide. be an “un-grownup,” it’s fun!

* For the recipes including peanut butter, be aware that some children are allergic to peanut butter.


Groundhog Day, such a cute creature, but so few cute edible art and crafts out there. You've heard of Punxsutawney Phil? He's like a little teddy bear crossed with a beaver. He's so popular he has his own website with lesson plans for his special day. This is just one of our many marshmallow activities for kids. Enjoy!

Groundhog Craft for Companion Snack.

I noticed most of the Groundhog Activities and Crafts out there look like tiny, adorable teddy bears. Groundhogs aren't so cute in real life. So, we focused on his true features. Note the tiny ears and big nose. I forgot to add his big teeth!

We used an upside down Snyder's Pretzel Chip, an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie, a small chocolate marshmallow, and holiday icing to glue it together. I stuck some green chips from the icing into the pretzel for eyes. IDK. Scroll down for the traditional teddy bear variety.


Edible Art Supplies

Have fun in the kitchen with these edible art supplies. Perfect for little ones who are in the habit of “taste testing” everything.

CANDY CLAY RECIPE

Submitted by: Kim Swanger

Make a modeling clay that’s good enough to eat!

Ingredients:

Slowly melt candy and stir until smooth.

Add syrup and blend thoroughly.

Pour onto waxed paper and spread with fingers until about 1/2 inch thick.

Cover loosely with waxed paper and permit to stiffen for a few hours.

Children can play with this “clay” making worms or letters or flowers or whatever they choose.

We make flower petals by rolling out little balls and flattening them, then pinch the petals together to make flowers.

EDIBLE FINGER PAINT RECIPE

Submitted by: Laurie Oughton

Here is a great recipe that my students love to finger paint with. They can even taste test their creations.

Ingredients:

Put a good size blob of syrup on each student’s paper.

Add a drop or two of food coloring onto their syrup.

Let the painting dry for a day or so.

Themed Art Idea: If you’re studying a specific topic (sea life, insects, etc), have students or you draw a basic shape first. Then outline it in a thick black marker. After they are done painting, let it dry for a day or so and cut it out.

EDIBLE PLAY DOUGH

Submitted by: Sarah Dugger

With this recipe, it’s okay if the kids eat the art supplies!

Ingredients:

  • Equal amounts of creamy peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter) and marshmallow creme.
  • Wax Paper Bowls and spoons or butter knives.
  • Optional: Graham Cracker Crumbs.

Allow kids to feel a small amount of the peanut butter and marshmallow creme individually.

Mix the two together. (Notice the texture change).

Use clean hands to shape into whatever shapes desired. (Cover surface with waxed paper first).

Roll in graham cracker crumbs if desired.

PEANUT BUTTER (or sunflower seed butter) PLAY DOUGH RECIPE

Submitted by: Laura Mixon and Eliza VanSantvoord [Laura is a a student from Valdosta Georgia. Eliza is a student from Bangor, Maine.]

How to make edible peanut butter play dough.

Recipe #1 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (or sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup honey

Recipe #1 Directions:

Students help teacher measure and mix the ingredients. When finished, the students can make shapes and play with their creations. And, if they eat their materials — no problem!

Recipe #2 Ingredients:

Recipe #2 Directions:

Just add equal parts of cornstarch and peanut butter together.

TASTY PAINT RECIPE

Submitted by: Kim Swanger

Make a paint that’s good enough to eat! With this recipe, it’s okay if the kids eat their art supplies!

Ingredients:

Get out the brushes and paper.

This “paint” will be light in color and have a somewhat glossy finish when dry.

WHIPPED CREAM FINGER PAINT RECIPE

Submitted by: Ashley P.

Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids.

Ingredients:

  • electric mixer
  • 1 cup whipped cream (the whip-your-own kind that comes in a carton)
  • food coloring

Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer.

Add food coloring until you have the desired color.

Paint on paper (finger painting paper, wax paper, etc.) and have fun!

PUDDING PAINT

Submitted by: Cathy Blacksmith

Little ones will love painting with pudding.

Ingredients:

Put a good sized spoonful of pudding into each muffin tin.

Add one or two drops of food coloring to each tin.

Create with pudding paint using paintbrushes or fingers.

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