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Banana Dolphin Snack

Banana Dolphin Snack

04/04/2014

Banana Dolphin Snack This really sweet idea has been doing the rounds on Facebook and we thought you'd like to see it. It was an idea by Luz's Unique Creations (who are a bakery in North Dakota) and they put it on their Facebook page. It's a great idea for a birthday party or a snack box where you have a group of children eating and there is inevitably one or two of them who might turn their nose up at the fruit plate. Luz made it for her son's class snacks, and it's perfect fo...

Groundhog Day Sandwich

Groundhog Day Sandwich

31/01/2014

Groundhog Day Sandwich If your kids are interested in the Groundhog Day on Sunday the 2nd of February 2014 then this is a unique and fun sandwich to include within the kids' lunchboxes. We found this on Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons. This particular recipe uses the German wheat bread you can use any brown bread, Also this recipe uses peanut butter and jam, your school might have a nut ban so be careful. So choose any fillings you like. You can find the recipe here...

Frozen Grape Lollies

Frozen Grape Lollies

31/01/2014

Frozen Grape Lollies (Popsicles) We found this cool and simple idea on the lovely Make and Takes website. It's incredibly simple - basically a grape fruit kebab - but by freezing it, you make a sweet treat which can replace an iced lolly. The site uses detailed photo instructions on what to do, showing the children making their own popsicles so your children can look at the article and do this themselves without much adult help. You can find the recipe h...

Snowman Pancakes

Snowman Pancakes

29/11/2013

Snowman Pancakes When it's cold outside and you want a hot breakfast (or if, on the other hand, your kids are dying for snow days and there haven't been any for EVER) why not start with this fun snowman pancake? We found this version on The Shabby Nest, using pancakes, chocolate chips and bacon. If it's a school day and not a treaty lazy Sunday morning you don't have to include the marshmallows (or other versions use whipped cream). You could use circle slices of banana for th...

Snowflake Quesadillas

Snowflake Quesadillas

29/11/2013

Snowflake Quesadillas This is a cool way to bring the old craft idea of making paper snowflakes into a hot savoury meal. Quesadillas use a filling between two tortilla breads and heated through on a pan. This recipe from Heavenly Homemakers cuts snowflake patterns out of the top tortilla to make a lovely melting flake. Quesadillas are normally turned halfway through to toast both sides, and this would not be possible with filling oozing through the holes. So if you want a toa...

Banana Snowmen on a Stick

Banana Snowmen on a Stick

29/11/2013

Banana Snowmen on a Stick We're getting in a wintry mood with these fun fruity snacks which children can make from Spoonful. Everything is better on a stick, right? and these fun party snacks are no exception. Bananas, apples, grapes, a few chocolate chips and a pretzel stick (or you could use a matchmaker choc stick) and a simple but fun make. Bananas will brown over time so make them right before you eat them. You can find the recipe and instructions here. ...

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms

04/10/2013

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms This is a cool idea which has been all over the internet, how to make your own jelly (Jello) worms using drinking straws. It was posted on more or less every kids' food board on Pinterest and re-printed all over the web. It looks like a great idea in principle, and really caught everyone's imagination. We've looked at various different versions to see whether it really works. The original recipe came from a site called Instructables.It uses a mixture...

Sandwich Sushi

Sandwich Sushi

04/10/2013

Sandwich Sushi Making lunchboxes more fun (but still healthy) can sometimes be a bit of a chore. This idea from Glory's Mischief blog is easy, fun, uses normal sandwich ingredients and children can really enjoy helping to make it. The article takes you through step by step how to roll ordinary bread very thin, spread it with a suitable filling, roll it up, freeze or refrigerate, and cut into cute sections. Children can make a batch as a fun cooking activity and then freeze them ...

Cereal Bracelet Craft

Cereal Bracelet Craft

22/08/2013

Cereal Bracelet Craft This is a great activity for kids to do on rainy days, using basic materials and providing a healthy snack at the end! We found it on the No Time For Flash Cards website and we think it is a lovely idea to make a cereal bracelet which is a healthy alternative to the classic 'candy bracelet'. You can also use wool or string instead of pipe cleaners, as long as whatever you choose is clean so that kids can eat the cereal off it. By sorting the cereal into colour...

Teddy Bear Toast

Teddy Bear Toast

16/07/2013

Teddy Bear Toast This is a blindlingly simple but really effective breakfast idea we found over at minieco.co.uk. It is, quite simple, toast, bananas and raisins, but it really does look like a teddy bear, doesn't it? Children can easily assemble this themselves if they see a picture to copy, and you can spread it with just butter, or with peanut butter for a bit more energy, or honey or other yummy things. Give it a try! If you want to see some different example...

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls

09/07/2013

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls This is another brilliant resource taken from the Nature Detectives website. It is a recipe on how to make caterpillars out of clever sliced and arranged tortilla wraps and some grapes on cocktail sticks.  We think this is a great idea because not only does it look good, but you can vary the fillings you choose to put in to suit any taste or to allow for allergies. Kids will also really enjoy making it because it is quic...

School of Fish

School of Fish

04/07/2013

School of Fish We found this fun snack on the Spoonful website. We like this idea because it is funky looking but also is a reasonably balanced snack - it includes healthy ingredients that kids will also find tasty! This bite-sized snack is great for parties, snack time in a group setting or people coming over to play.  You can find it here. ...

Pig-Headed Puffs

Pig-Headed Puffs

04/07/2013

Pig-Headed Puffs We found this delicious recipe on the brilliant Silly Chefs website. It's a lovely blog piece describing a dad cooking with his 4 year old and having a funny conversation about pigs! We like this recipe because it is simple, savoury and really does look like a pig! If your child is young enough to not understand about not eating the peppercorns (imagine how grim a whole peppercorn would be!) you could substitute the peppercorn eyes for somethi...

Tennis Ball Cupcakes

Tennis Ball Cupcakes

26/06/2013

Tennis Ball Cupcakes Wimbledon is upon us! If you're a fan, check out these tennis cupcakes by Lola's-kitchen. You can buy these beautifully made ones direct from her if you need to impress, or if you don't mind them a little rough around the edges, why not have a go at making the ball ones with your kids - I'm guessing the 'felt' is desiccated coconut or sprinkles tinged with that natural green food colour which always comes out pale, and a squirt of icing for the swirl. Yo...

Angry Bird Pancakes

Angry Bird Pancakes

26/06/2013

Angry Birds Pancakes This is a great idea from the thejoysofboys blog, make your breakfast slightly more exciting, decorate your pancakes as one of the angry birds! On the blog she uses waffles, but personally I would use a large scotch pancake or a small pancake instead. It is a quick and easy idea just chopping up a few strawberries, a banana, a segment of orange and a handful of chocolate chips. You could even consider buying pancakes to save time. You can find the instructi...

Clementine Snail

Clementine Snail

06/06/2013

Clementine Snail We really liked this super easy idea from the eatsamazing website, this comes from a "lunchbox full of snails" project where they tried to make an entire lunch based around snails. This is very easy, just cut (or peel if you're careful) away the skin leaving only a thin strip for the body, and draw on a pair of eyes and a smile. You can find this here. ...

Ladybird Pretzels

Ladybird Pretzels

06/06/2013

Ladybird Pretzels This is a lovely recipe idea from the MyCrunchyLife blog that your kids will love helping out with. It involves dunking pretzels in chocolate which younger children will love, and slightly older children could have a go at piping icing spots and eyes on.  They look really effective! We particularly like this recipe because there are step by step picture instructions and she doesn't try to give the impression that everything will go perfectly every ti...

Crocamole

Crocamole

16/05/2013

Crocamole We found this on the Nickelodeon website, it is a really fun, kid-friendly recipe that they will definitely enjoy joining in with making, and then they will enjoy sharing it as they all pile in with celery, carrot sticks, or chips. You can find the recipe here. ...

Rainbow Sticks

Rainbow Sticks

03/05/2013

Rainbow Sticks (Fruit Kebabs) We found this great idea on the Jo's Nursery page on pinterest. Why not make and eat these in combination with learning the rainbow song. Younger children could be finding out about different colours, or older children could be learning about the role of colours in food and health. Get children to assemble these themselves, following the colour order. You can find the image here. If you want to use the rainbow song, but realise that it doesn't l...

Grilled Pepper Frogs

Grilled Pepper Frogs

12/04/2013

Grilled Pepper Frogs A great idea we found on Kids Cook Monday's page on Pinterest, frog shapes cut out of peppers to be grilled or you can eat them raw. A fun and tasty barbeque food or addition to a party table and don't just stick to green, be inventive! You can find this here. We also found this video of a child making one of these on youtube, it's a bit blurry and there's no sound but you can see all the neccesary steps. ...

Funny Bunny Pears

Funny Bunny Pears

12/04/2013

Funny Bunny Pears This recipe is from the Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons blog, itís a great way to decorate your pears as the Easter Bunny or for any time of the year. Unlike a lot of novelty recipes this is mainly fruit. Once the initial cuts are made the rest is great fun for the kids to see their bunny take shape! You can find the recipe here. ...

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies

12/04/2013

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies This recipe comes from LauraGT.com and is a great idea for some finger food whether you have guests around, or you want to brighten up the lunch table. There is no cooking involved, so they are quick and easy to make.  If cream cheese isn't your thing, you could use any kind of dip to hold the wings in place. You can find this recipe here. ...

Toy Story Green Alien Cupcakes

Toy Story Green Alien Cupcakes

12/04/2013

Toy Story Geen Alien Cupcakes This fun cupcake idea is from Disney Family.com. Perfect if your kids are mad on toy story this cake idea is very effective, but simple enough for children to do the decorating themselves. To save time, you could consider using shop bought cakes! You can find this recipe here....

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

12/04/2013

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites We found this recipe on the Very Culinary website. It is a really fun looking recipe whether you get the kids to help you or make these while they're out and keep them guessing as to how you made them. With only 2 simple steps it is a very easy recipe with a wonderful result. Find this recipe here. ...

Very Hungry Caterpillar Themed Ideas

Very Hungry Caterpillar Themed Ideas

09/04/2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party Ideas We absolutely love The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We read it when we were kids and enjoyed reading it with our own kids. It's a great way to introduce very little children to the names of different foods in a way that is fun and that they can wiggle their fingers in! So if your children love VHC why not make a party of it? We found some brilliant ideas for this theme on the internet. The most faithful looking VHC ...

Reindeer Oreos

Reindeer Oreos

14/02/2013

Reindeer Oreo Cookies What a brilliant idea! We found this clever reindeer cookie recipe over at Kidzui. It's an assembly job rather than actually cooking, but it's a lot of fun and kids can be really proud when they have a finished reindeer. The recipe suggests carefully breaking the pretzels to make the antlers as cutting shatters them, so you may wish to break enough 'antlers' before you start to sidestep any frustration if little hands can't manage a neat break. ...

Halloween Eyeball Pasta

Halloween Eyeball Pasta

16/10/2012

Halloween Eyeball Pasta This is a spooky but tasty pasta dish to get kids in the mood for Halloween. We found it on the BBC Good Food website. We like it because it contains really healthy ingredients but still looks gruesome! You can find the recipe here. ...

Bagel Snake

Bagel Snake

21/06/2012

Bagel Snake We think this is a brilliant idea from Young Cooks, a British Lion Eggs' website that aims to get kids cracking with eggs! The kids can help to prepare their own bagel snake and make it as long as they want depending on how many bagels you use. You can use a variety of toppings (including egg mayonnaise of course), and it looks great on a plate so is ideal for parties and special occasions. You can find the recipe here. T...

Gruffalo Cupcakes

Gruffalo Cupcakes

10/05/2012

Gruffalo Cupcakes The perfect cakes for a Gruffalo party. We found this great recipe over at Sun Hats and Wellie Boots, a site full of fun activities and play ideas, whatever the weather. We like these cakes because they are simple to make and the kids will love decorating them. You can find the recipe here....

Painted Toast

Painted Toast

03/05/2012

Painted Toast Have a go at this simple activity to create colourful painted toast! We found this recipe over at Kids Cooking Activities. This activity encourages kids to use their imaginations and enjoy their creations.       All you need is some bread, milk , food colouring, and a toaster.   You can find the recipe here.  ...

Ladybird Pizzas

Ladybird Pizzas

09/05/2011

Ladybird Pizzas This fun and easy recipe is on Rachael Ray's fab kids food site www.yum-o.org The recipe uses kids fascination with ladybirds to make this pizza, using pesto and an English muffin which makes it very quick and easy. You can obviously use the basic idea and change the toppings, as long as the basic red-background-and-spots idea still works. Click here to go to the original recipe. ...

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