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Making edible crafts for kids

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Edible crafts are a delicious way to spend an afternoon with your kids. In addition to being a tasty way to spend quality time together, edible crafts inspire your children’s creativity and help them hone their budding kitchen skills. Go beyond the simple marshmallow and toothpick figures (though this is a great starting project) and engage your kids culinary interests with the following edible craft recipes.

Almond Butter Play Dough

Play dough is far more fun when it's edible. You can add a couple drops of natural food color to change its hue and even make a selection of play dough from different nut butters. Your kids can roll play dough flat and cut out various edible figures or mold play dough into yummy geometrical shapes.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup smooth almond butter

2 to 3 tablespoons honey or agave

Powdered milk

 

Directions:

Place almond butter and honey in a bowl and stir together. Add powdered milk, 1/4 cup at a time, kneading into almond butter until mixture is no longer sticky and has the consistency of play dough.

 

Pudding Dirt Bucket Parfait with Worms

A tasty project for Earth Day or Halloween, your kids can put this together from start to finish. Vanilla or pistachio pudding contrasts nicely with the chocolate cooking crumb "dirt".

 

Ingredients:

Prepared pudding from scratch or box or store-bought pudding cups

Chocolate cookie crumbs

Gummi worms

 

Directions:

1. For each bucket, cover the bottom of a clear glass with a layer of cookie crumbs. Lay a gummi worm on the bottom, with part of it's body pressed against the glass. Top with two or three tablespoons of pudding.

2. Repeat until glass is full, ending with crumbs. For effect, have part of a worm sticking out over the top of the crumbs.

 

Chow Mein Bird's Nest

A combination of sweet and savory, chow mein noodles make the perfect nest for colorful mini jelly beans. This edible craft is perfect for an Easter or spring-themed kids party. Be sure to closely supervise your kids if they are skilled enough to melt the butter and brown sugar on the stove. For younger kids, simply let them decorate the nests with jelly bean "eggs".

 

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (5-ounce) can crunchy chow mein noodles

Miniature jelly beans

 

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in chow mein noodles.

2. Divide chow mein noodle mixture into two buttered muffin tins and use your thumb (when just cool enough to touch) to press an indentation in the center of each nest. Let cool.

3. Invert nests and turn right side up. Fill with jelly beans.

 

Grilled Cheese Alphabet

That set of alphabet cookie cutters can make more than just educational cookies; you can use them to create delicious savory letter-shaped sandwiches. Start with your child's initials then work up to small words. Next time, use cookie cutters in the form of numbers or other fun shapes.

 

Ingredients:

Slices of bread

Butter

Shredded cheese

 

Directions:

1. Use cookie cutters to cut bread into letters (cut two of each selected letter). Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Place one letter in the skillet and top with shredded cheese. Place second same-shaped letter on top and gently press down.

3. Cover skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted and bottom is lightly browned. Carefully flip, cover skillet, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until second side is lightly browned. Transfer to a plate and serve.?

FOR MORE SHEKNOWS RECIPES AND IDEAS:

Kid-friendly fun with kitchen gadgets

How to manage your kids in the kitchen

Sweet corn desserts

 

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