Kids love to help out in the kitchen and this is the perfect time to give them practice…plus, it will keep them busy. Wilton has so many products but they don’t have to be used just for baking. Below are fun, easy and healthy ideas that you can do with your kids at snack and mealtime.
Think outside the “lunch box” and use cookie cutters to make cut-outs in a variety of foods – sandwiches, veggies, fruits. I did this project with the preschoolers at my daughter’s daycare and they absolutely loved it!
Start by making your child’s favorite sandwich – hot or cold. Cut the shape out of the sandwich. I recommend using metal cookie cutters since they are sharper and can cut through the bread easier. If using a comfort grip cutter make your sandwiches with Homestyle bread since the comfort grip cutters are larger in size.
Veggies are not always kids’ (and, even adults) favorite food but if you cut them into shapes they’ll gobble them up. Take a thin slice of pepper, cucumber, zucchini or squash and use a mini cookie cutter to form these into fun to eat snacks. Serve them alongside low fat dip.
Round out the lunch by doing the same thing with fruit such as apples, melon, kiwi, pineapple or pears.
As a sweet treat add a cut-out rice cereal treat using mini or regular sized cookie cutters.
Be a little more creative and have a theme. For example “shapes” could be the theme:
- Circle sandwich
- Triangle peppers
- Square pineapple
- Star rice cereal treat
Have an art show. Let your kids draw on toaster pastries, cheese and fruit slices with Wilton FoodWriters™ which are edible color markers. Who knows, your child might be the next van Gogh!
Instead of having a trail of crumbs on your floor put snacks such as trail mix, animal crackers or popcorn in baking cups.
Create a colorful meal by adding icing color to batters – pancakes, muffins, cupcakes, cookies and even bread! Add a little or a lot to make the desired color. You could even do a rainbow effect by dividing the batter and adding a different color to each of the batters. Whoever thought you could have rainbow pancakes! Your kids will think you are the BEST parent in the world.
Kids will be tempted to eat fruit when you put it on a 13 count cupcake stand. Set apples, oranges, pears, kiwi or whatever fruit your kids enjoy in the wire spirals in place of cupcakes. Or, drape grapes down the sides of the stand. This is a great display for when visitors stop by too!
Use shaped silicone molds to make gelatin. They are the perfect portion size plus it’s like playing with your food, something kids can’t get enough of.
These are just a few, fun ideas you can do with food to make it healthy and have kid appeal. I’d love to hear your “out of the box” ideas!