Cooking Easter Treats with Kids

Why not get your preschoolers in the kitchen and create some healthy Easter themed treats and snacks? These ideas shouldn’t spoil their appetite and make a refreshing change from all the chocolate and sugar usually lying around at this time of year. You can even prepare one if you are having guests over on Easter Day, in order to keep the little ones occupied.

How to Do Easter Themed Snacks

Think fun and unusual. Try to create something recognizable for the children that they can relate to Easter and spring concepts. By including anything related to an Easter theme such as animals, spring weather, colours, shapes and nature, you can also have them practicing their language skills. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Easter Nests

The most traditional of Easter ideas, but still a big hit all across the board.

  1. Melt some butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Once it is melted add it to a cereal of your choice in a separate mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Ask the children to make medium sized balls of the mixture in their hands and then place them onto a baking sheet. Then have them poke their thumb in the middle to make a hole.
  3. Place dried fruit into the middle of the nests and place in the refrigerator for two hours.

Butterfly Sandwich

Have your children make their own tasty Spring sandwich.

  1. Toast two slices of bread. Have each child spread cream cheese or peanut butter onto one slice of bread. Place the other slice of bread on top.
  2. Cut the sandwich into a butterfly shape using a large butterfly cookie cutter (or alternatively use a circular cutter to cut out 4 circles).
  3. Have the child arrange the butterfly shape onto the plate, placing a long strip of carrot in the middle for the body, and two pretzel sticks for the antennae.
  4. Then give the child small clean paintbrushes or food basters and several small pots of food colouring. Have her paint her butterfly as she wishes!

Dyed Breakfast Eggs

Instead of chocolate eggs have your children create their own coloured eggs for breakfast.

  1. Boil eggs in salted water for at least 10 minutes. Take them out and leave them to cool for another 10.
  2. Have the child peel the eggs, cut them in half and scoop out the yolks.
  3. Put the yolks aside. Return the egg whites them to the pan with fresh water, add several drops of food colouring of your childs choice and leave them for 20 minutes. Have your child watch in amazement as the eggs change colour.
  4. Mix the yolks in a separate bowl with a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
  5. Drain the egg whites; refill them with the yolk mixture! And voila! A colourful Easter breakfast!

Bunny Finger Snacks

This is a fun one that the kids really love!

  1. Have each child “paint” her finger entirely with peanut butter (if your child is a little squeamish around textures you can have her do the same activity on a large craft stick).
  2. When she is finished, get her to add two thin slices for ears, raisins for eyes, coloured cake icing from a tube for a mouth and a few pieces of alfalfa for whiskers. The kids will love that they are decorating their own finger and of course can pop it right in their mouth when they are done!

Animal Face on a Plate

You can adapt this idea to create any spring related animal.

Supply your children with any variation of fruit, vegetables and additional ingredients in order to create their own spring characters on their plate.

Marshmallow Chick

The chick is cute and a lot of fun to boot!

  1. Mix yellow food colouring with a few drops of water and have your child paint three large white marshmallows on all sides.
  2. When they are dry, stick the marshmallows onto a large sized toothpick or skewer, one on top of the other.
  3. Using an Icing pipe, squeeze drops of icing onto the marshmallow wherever you want to add features. You can use almond slices as ears, dried cranberries or currants as a nose, peanuts as eyes, liquorice shoelaces as whiskers and squeeze on an icing smile.

Flower Crackers

This one can really allow your child’s creativity to flow!

  1. Have your child mix food colouring into cream cheese making several batches, each one with a different colour.
  2. Place six crackers on your child’s plate. Have her spread the coloured cheese onto each cracker as she wishes (or if your child is a little older you can have her pipe different colours and patterns onto each cracker using an icing pipe).
  3. Place five of the crackers in a circular position on the plate, with one in the middle to make a flower shape.

Getting your preschoolers in the kitchen is a great way to have fun as a family. And if you can make sure the activities are developmentally appropriate for their age, you can get them involved from start to finish and give them a real sense of achievement when they do it all on their own.

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