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Spring Break Treats: 20 Fun & Fabulous Toddler Friendly Snacks
Spring break is in full swing here at our house, which means we have three children of various ages to entertain for an entire week. Ice skating is the one activity that requires a little more planning as my son isn’t quite ready to skate just yet, so my husband entertains him while I take the girls for a spin on the rink. When we get home, it’s time to warm up with hot cocoa and treats!
Baking is one of the easiest and most rewarding activities you can do with your toddlers and kids. Measure and pour the ingredients in a big bowl have everyone take turns stirring everything up. Depending on the treat you are making – knead, shape, roll and place on a baking sheet or pan, bake and you are rewarded with a delicious treat. It’s like magic!
Click through for 20 sweet and savoury treats that are as fun to make as they are to eat.
Make your own strawberry men by filling the berries with soft cream cheese and preserves, popping on their hats and adding in chocolate chip eyes.
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Sometimes the key to getting your kids to eat their veggies, is creativity. Turn a zucchini into a cheesy caterpillar and snack away!
Strawberry Lemon Whoopie Pies
Soft mini cakes flavored with lemon and strawberries filled with vanilla icing and chopped strawberries = heavenly goodness in a morsel.
Take a break from the traditional hummus and substitute chickpeas for edamame. It’s mild flavour appeals to just about everyone and the fresh green colour is quite fitting considering that St. Patrick’s Day is just under 1 week away!
Sweet Apple Turnovers
They look complicated but these buttery, sweet and flaky turnovers are so ridiculously easy. Truly!
These little mice are just as fun to make as they are to eat. With their radish ears, olive eyes and chive tails, these eggs are almost too cute to eat.
Raw Energy Bars
Raw fruit and nut bars were one of my favourite treats as a child which is just one of the reasons why I make them for my own kids. They are filled with healthful ingredients and taste wonderful but be sure your toddler is ok with nuts first beforehand as these are chock-full of them.
Just about everything is better with chocolate and toddlers love to dip their food. The perfect solution – a fondue party!
You won’t believe how yummy these crispy leafy greens are! Although it may sound a bit strange, kale chips are tasty, a hit with the whole family and only take about 10 minutes to make.
My kids and I love to make a traditional loaf of challah on weekends. Pull off a little extra dough and let the kids pound it, kneed it and roll little ropes to their hearts content.
Fruit Skewers With Caramel Dip
If my son could live off of fruit he would. Add in a stick and some fruit and you have a super fun snack that begs to be dipped.
Sweet Potato Crackers
Use the heart cutters from last month’s Valentine’s Day to make these sweet potato crackers. Such a great snack idea for tots!
The white snow is quickly transforming into a muddy mess now that spring has just about made her arrival. These chocolate cookies aptly named ‘muddy snowballs’ are the perfect snack for the season.
Made with eggs, cheese and shredded potatoes, these potato bites are designed to be breakfast eats, but why should mornings get all the fun? potato bites are good anytime of day…preferably mid-afternoon at about 3 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Blondies
St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday March 17, 2013, so you have exactly 6 days to get your green cooking on. These blondies aren’t so blonde, in fact they are proudly green – naturally so. Instead of using food colouring, this recipe uses chopped spinach. A good way to sneak the greens in!
Mini Blueberry Coffee Cakes
Warm blueberry muffins are in the official ‘comfort food’ category here in our home. With their soft interior and blueberries bursting with sweetness, it’s no wonder my son is such a fan. This variation on our favourite classic has transformed the muffin into a mini coffeecake with a delicious sugary cinnamon topping.
Mini Pita Pizzas
Toddlers love sprinkling the cheese and toppings on these mini pita pizzas! Have fun with it and try different veggies, meats and cheeses to create various flavor combos.