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Food Crafts That You Can Make With the Kids

September 13, 2011 Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas 0 Comments

Food Crafts That You Can Make With the Kids

Never again will you have to worry about the kids putting toys in their mouth when they don’t belong. The cost of many games and toys alone can come awfully close to breaking the bank and once the excitement wears off, many of them are left to collect dust. So what’s a mom or dad to do? Well let your inner foodie shine, there are plenty of crafts and toys that are completely edible and while some may not be that tasty to eat, you don’t have to worry about anything being toxic or unhealthy. It’s a win-win situation. Here are five ideas to get you going, but when it comes to food and crafts, the sky is the limit. Let your children’s creativity run wild.

Peanut Butter Play Dough

For some reason it seems kids have a natural fascination for wanting to eat modeling dough and clay. This tasty combo of peanut butter and honey is completely edible and easy to shape. Lay down a sheet of waxed paper or a laminated mat and there is no need to worry about the cleanup. Simply add as much peanut butter as you would like, a bit of honey and some powdered milk and you are ready to go. If the honey is too messy for you, then try adding corn starch to the peanut butter instead. If you feel adventurous, add some food coloring or decorating sugar crystals to make the fun even more colorful. Just remember, if making a batch for a play date or your child’s class, always verify that there are no peanut butter allergies first.

Macaroni Jewelry

There is nothing more rewarding for a child than making something they can proudly show off. All you need is some yarn and some uncooked pasta shells with large holes in them and the kids can start stringing together their favorite creations. There are many different shapes, colors and sizes when it comes to pasta so head to the grocery store and be as creative as you would like. Yarn makes it easy for kids to tie off the end, resulting in a perfect bracelet, anklet, headband or necklace that they can make themselves from start to finish.

Graham Cracker Box

Graham crackers are great for a variety of things and when it comes to children’s crafts they are not only tasty but completely functional. Kids love to store away their precious belongings in their own little boxes. For this project you will need a box of graham crackers, peanut butter, honey or confectionary sugar based frosting to hold it all together. You may also want to get some little candies to stick to the outside.  Basically it’s as simple as that, use the crackers and the sticky edible substance of your choosing and let the fun happen.

Chocolate Pudding Finger Paint

For a kid, finger paint can be fantastically exciting. For a parent or babysitter, more like a messy nightmare. Fortunately when you use pudding as paint the kids will be more than happy to clean the mess up, in fact, there probably won’t be anything left by the time they are done! Just get some finger paint paper from your local craft store and mix up some pudding (any flavor works but chocolate shows up the best) and put out a bowl for the little ones to put their hands in and start making their own masterpieces.

Licorice String Braiding

Learning to braid is a fun and exciting skill for a child to grasp. So no one has to sacrifice a handful of hair in the process, bring in some tasty and colorful licorice strings and teach them to make their own braided designs and shapes. You’ll be amazed by how happy they are and except for the slight challenge of dealing with a possible sugar rush at the end, you’ll be content and happy too.

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