Summer is winding down and coming to an end but there is still time for some fun snacks that can double as craft activities for an afternoon of fun. Craft activities give kids a sense of achievement and allow them to take pride in their work which builds confidence. It is also a great, safe way to discover that it’s okay to make mistakes and that getting things ‘wrong’ can lead you to new ideas. And eating their creation makes for yummy fun! Here are a few of our favorite craft ideas that make for a yummy afternoon snack.

More Bunnies Please

These irresistible bunnies are made from cheese circles (head), baby carrot slices (ears), celery (whiskers) and chocolate chips (eyes). It’s the perfect mix of protein-packed cheese and crunchy veggies.

Apple Donuts

  • Apples
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sprinkles
  1. Slice your apples about 3/4″ thick. Use a knife, corer, or pastry tip to make a hole in the center.
  2. Color you cream cheese if you’d like. We just added a drop of neon food coloring to get these bright colors.
  3. Let the kids frost and add sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Bees

Our family’s favorite snack!

  • ¼ c butter or margarine
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1-½ c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • ⅓ c sliced almonds
  1. Put graham crackers in a bag and let the kids squeeze them until they are fine crumbs. 
  2. Mix butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl.
  3. Roll dough into oval balls and place on cookie sheet. 
  4. Melt chocolate in a small zip bag in microwave.
  5. Cut corner of zip bag off and squeeze melted chocolate out of the small hole to create stripes on the bees. 
  6. Add sliced almonds for wings and a dab of chocolate for the eyes.

Rainbow Caterpillars

Little ones love the colors of the rainbow and these Rainbow Caterpillars are super easy to make, simply stick a marshmallow on one end of the pretzel then thread the fruit loops on, and secure with another marshmallow on the other end! This simple edible craft gives small kids a chance to practice counting, identifying colors and improving their fine motor skills.  

Art projects allow kids to develop their creativity. This is a skill that will help them their entire life. “When a child does something creative, they are learning self-expression and also how to cope with their feelings.” During creative times, kids will experience a rainbow of emotions. They might be excited when they start, frustrated when it’s a little harder than they thought, angry their sibling messed them up or thrilled when they love their finished project. No matter what emotions they are feeling, this is a safe time for them to learn to express and deal with these emotions. While you are crafting together you get to talk about what you are making and discuss different ideas and subject matters. You can talk about what you think, feel and care about. And as an added bonus, your child isn’t using technology or looking at a screen!