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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Domino Cookies

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Domino Cookies

For this edible craft you will need:
  • rectangle shaped cookies or crackers
  • frosting or other spread
  • raisins, Mini M&M candies or other small circle candies/fruit (we used chocolate raisins)

How to:
Add a dot of spread to each end of your rectangle cookie. However many dots you want on each end. Add a line of frosting in the middle.

**Play dominoes and eat a snack as you play. It really is a simple craft that can be a lot of fun with the kids.


Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.

More edible crafts here.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art Toast

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Art Toast

For this craft you will need:
Bread slices
Milk
Edible food coloring
Some honey, to sweeten up the things
How to:
Place some milk in a few cups. Add few drops of edible color in the milk, a different color for each cup.
Dip kitchen brushes in the prepared color and let the kids make a rainbow over the toast. They can either color the entire bread slice or make a favorite image. Just pretend the bread is an empty canvas.
Once done and when the kid is happy with the design, toast the bread.
Drizzle the toast with honey and serve.
This craft allows your kid to show his artistic side. With this craft, you can teach your kids about colors and how mixing can produce a new color, like blue and yellow, makes green.


Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.

More edible crafts here.

~This post may contain affiliate links and I'll earn a small commission if you shop through them. There is no extra cost to you. This is how we help support our family and continue to bring you amazing content. To learn more see the affiliates disclosure here.~

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rainbow Colored Noodles

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Rainbow Colored Noodles

Ingredients  
1 pkg spaghetti noodles
Food Coloring
2 Tbsp. water  

Method:
1. First, lay out all materials and items listed above on the table or your work area.


2. Cook the noodles according to the packages instructions.


3. Add 20 drops of food coloring and 2 Tablespoons of water in a large Ziploc bag.


4. Drain the noodles and place the noodles into the Ziploc bag.


5. Seal the bag and mix until well combined.


6. Let it sit for 1 minute. 


7. Repeat until you have all the colors you want.


8. Place each batch into the strainer and rinse with cold water.


9. Mix the colors together and have fun.



***Instead of food coloring you can use natural sources, like beets juice, carrot puree, green tea, or some other you are familiar with.


Here are more edible craft projects for kids

More Rainbow Theme Food Ideas


St Patrick's Day Fun! 



 
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chocolate Edible Bowl

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series


Ingredients and Materials Needed:
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
Balloons
Baking sheet
Saucepan
Wax paper
1 Cup

Method:
1. First, lay out all materials and items listed above on the table or your work
area.
2. Lay wax paper on your baking sheet.
3. Clean, dry and blow up your balloons.
4. Blow up your balloons so the bottom is the shape you want your bowl to
be.
5. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of chocolate chips.
6. Stir until completely melted.
7. Place a small amount of melted chocolate on the wax paper. This is the
base of your bowl.
8. One at a time dip your balloons in the chocolate.
9. If wanted dip it into sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc
10. If the chocolate turns hard heat it on the stove again
11. Place your balloons on your wax paper.
12. Once you have done all your balloons let it sit overnight or put it in the
fridge for 10 minutes.
13. Cut the top of the balloon.
14. Carefully peel the balloon off once deflated. Fill your bowl as desired.



Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.
More edible crafts here.



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 Ways Playing With Your Food Can Lead to Healthier Eating

While growing up, most of us have been told not to play with our food, but researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester discovered that when kids play with their food they’re more likely to eat it. Not only does transforming food into culinary masterpieces makes food fun and exciting to eat for kids, but parents also enjoy seeing their child eat more fruits and veggies.


Although most kids are experts at playing with food, just in case you’re looking for a few structured and fun ideas to get started with “food play”, I’ve listed some of my favorites.


1.  Turn Ordinary Foods into a  Funny Face.

Use a plate for a round face then add your favorite foods to build the face. Olives and grapes make great eyes while carrots are perfect for noses. The red hue of watermelons and tomatoes make for perfect mouths and broccoli and cauliflower are perfect for hair.


2.  Cut Your Food Into Fun Shapes.
Who says cookie cutters can only be used for cookies? They can be used to make fun shapes with whole grain bread, pizza, deli meat, cheese, and even fried eggs!

3.  Go 3-D.
Food doesn’t need to be flat. Use toothpicks to link carrot sticks, celery stalks, or gluten free pretzel sticks to build things! By adding more dimensions to your food, you’ll awaken the creativity in even the pickiest of eaters.

4.   Play Games.
Use thin strips of almost any vegetable to create a game board. Nitrate free pepperoni, sliced boiled eggs, and cherry tomatoes all make fantastic game pieces.

5.  Think “inside” of the box.
Join a monthly subscription box service and get culinary activities delivered to your door. My favorite, is the one I founded to inspire kid chefs and kids learning to cook called kifoodie. Inside every kifoodie Experience Box, kids get kitchen gadgets, non-perishable foods and activities designed to inspired kids to invent culinary masterpieces again and again!

6. Squash, Pound and Mash.
Whether it’s wondering what the inside of a blueberry looks like or wishing you could see how a carrot would respond if it was darted with your finger, kids are curious!  Feed into the curiosity by letting them use their fingers to squash, a fork to mash and a bag to pound their fruits and veggies. Then use their “puree” for smoothies, as a jam over toast or the key ingredient for freshly baked bread. By letting kids explore different textures of food, you’ll encourage the little scientist and foodie within.



Written by Kim Young, founder of kifoodie
kifoodie is a monthly subscription box designed to inspire kid chefs and kids learning to cook.  At kifoodie Experience Boxes are packed with 2-4 kitchen gadgets and products, an amazing culinary activity (with a healthy twist), recipe, shopping list, badge and a mystery bag of 3-5 artisan treats and snacks hand-picked to inspire the kid foodie and kids learning to cook. Visit www.kifoodie.com now to learn more about these monthly experiences shipped right to your home.

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