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Edible Holiday Crafts for Kids

December 16, 2011

This winter break, get the kids in the kitchen making these fun, edible holiday crafts. These six ideas are a little more healthy than the traditional gingerbread house or decorated cookies, but just as much fun!

1. Snowflake Quesedillas

Snowflake quesedillas from http://www.marthastewart.com

Martha Stewart brings us this cute idea for snowflake quesedillas. Kids love making paper snowflakes, so this edible version of the idea is sure to be a hit! Martha suggests a cheddar cheese filling, but peanut butter or mashed black beans and salsa would also be good. See the full instructions at marthastewart.com

2. Banana Snowmen

Banana snowmen from http://www.familyfun.go.com

This is a cute and healthy snack from Disney Family Fun. These snowmen are made of sliced fruit and decorated with mini chocolate chips, pretzels, and carrot pieces. Disney Family Fun’s website has the full instructions for the snowmen pictured, but you can also get creative! Try pieces of dried apricot for the nose, or dried currents for the eyes and buttons. Or how about a scarf made of fruit leather?

3. Toast Art

This is a simple but fun idea from Cute Food For Kids.  Spread toast with jam (or spread of choice), then give kids a small amount of cream cheese (or other smooth spread) to pipe onto the toast “canvas”!

A piping bag is easily made: scoop a spoonful or tw0 of the cream cheese into the bottom corner of a small plastic bag (sandwich bags work great). Gather the bag so that the cream cheese all pushed into the bottom corner. Then snip a very small bit of the corner of the bag, making a hole for the cream cheese to come out.  See Cute Food For Kids for pictorial instructions, and for other tips for this activity!

4. Cracker Characters

Santa crackers from http://www.marthastewart.com

Another idea from Martha Stewart.  Use crackers, cheese, veggies, and other foods to make fun and tasty characters! Martha Stewart provides instructions to make Santa faces, but why not get creative and make your own cracker masterpieces? Nut butters, nuts, fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, dried fruit, and any other foods you have on hand can be used to make a whole cast of holiday characters.

5. Healthy Holiday Trees

Healthy holiday tree from http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com

Kids will have fun making and eating these healthy fruit and veggie trees!  Older kids can help chop the fruit and veggies; younger kids can place them on the tree. You can also try to find vegetables and fruits that are in season, such as carrots, beets, apples, and kale! See full instructions at busybeekidscrafts.com.

6. Elf Doughnuts

Tiny doughnuts by Emma's Tiny Treats at unconfidentialcook.com

When the kids leave out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, why not leave some treats for the elves, too? These cute little doughnuts were made by Emma’s Tiny Treats, inspired by the American Girl “Tiny Treats” book.

Simply roll an O-shaped cereal (such as Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s or your grocery store brand)  in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, or dip in melted chocolate and sprinkles.  Arrange in a tiny box lined with parchment or wax paper. Easy and adorable! This would also be a fun snack for a teddy bears’ picnic or dolls’ tea party.

Don’t forget to eat these tasty treats when you’re done making them! If you have your own edible holiday craft idea, send it to us and we’ll post it on our blog! As well, take pictures of any these crafts you do make and send them to us.

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