Rainy days happen. Parties need exciting activities. Using crafts can be a good way to help kids learn. Add in the sensory experience of taste, then mini projects elevate to the next level. Many of our recipes have been derived from some seriously awesome blogs. But ingredients can be altered to be healthier, or to adapt to what is already in the pantry. Kids will have a blast with these edible crafts.
Looking at a layered drink is both bewildering and magical. But what it comes down to is density—some beverages are heavier than others. The kids will enjoy the science experiment, while layering beautiful colors. Opt to use juices for a natural, healthier choice, but a common concoction consists of cranberry-apple juice on the bottom, then Sobe Pina Colada drink, topped off with blue Powerade. Perfect for a patriotic occasion.
Parents everywhere are likely fully aware of the slime craze. But there’s something to it—playing with the squishy, stretchy substance is a sensory stimulating activity, and can help kids learn as well. Involving young ones in the process of making this edible gelatin based version offers learning opportunities too. Cornstarch, a Jell-O packet and water are the main ingredients. Jell-O does offer a slime kit, but folks don’t love the taste.
Before slime, there was Playdough. And while some of us can admit to sneaking a taste of the salty substance, there’s a recipe for actual edible dough. Great news, it’s not complicated. Basically, just add powdered sugar to premade tubs of frosting, until the desired consistency is reached. The blog from which we derived this craft suggests using already colored frosting, or just adding a bit of food coloring. Sure, it’s crazy sugary, but simply a treat.
The Bagel Store in NYC creates the most gorgeous rainbow bagels. While whipping up various batches of dough could be crazy hard work for kiddos, painting bagels or bread with food coloring mixtures is much more fun. Natural food coloring is much easier to come by these days—then all that’s needed are clean paint brushes. Bagels hold up better than sandwich bread, and can be incorporated into an upcoming family meal.
Assembling tepee cookies could be more fun than eating them—although you can play around with ingredients to come up with some delicious combos. As a general guide, use an upside down ice cream cone (dipped in yummy chocolate), break a piece off to create an “entrance”, then inside, use Quinn pretzel rods and Smart Sweets fish (chopped roughly, to make the campfire). Then enjoy coming up with fun add ons like candy rocks, edible easter grass, and maybe even some Oreo dirt.
Sprinkle rainbow Nerds at the bottom, then after mixing blue Jello, allow it to cool for a bit so the Nerds won’t lose the color. Floating candies can be pressed back down with a tooth pick. When the mix is slightly set, push a Smart Sweet fish in, then allow to fully set. Little fish bowls are adorable to use, but clear cups work as well.
Home Depot has mapped out how to make a solar oven at home with kids. A pizza box, foil, and a few other simple materials are all that is needed to create a pretty cool science project. Once it’s finished, try out cooking some marshmallows to top off classic s’mores.
Gummy bears can be added to your tepees—add them on top of your fish bowls, floating in gummy life savers. Make jewelry out of them. Or, you could incorporate the tasty morsels into a fruit juice popsicle. Again, Smart Sweets has all natural, fiber filled gummy bears. These may not be suitable for really young kids, as they’re very chewy.
Pretzel Log Cabin
Gingerbread houses are fun at Christmas, pretzel log cabins are the summer version. However you could make these very “wintery”. The particular recipe we came across uses all gluten free items, which includes Chex, gluten free pretzels, powdered sugar, water and cinnamon sticks. When finished, the mini dwellings become a sweet and salty snack.
Jell-O Fossil Dig
This one is more suitable for older kids, to avoid accidental ingestion of “fossils”. This is very easy, just insert plastic dinosaurs and other fun finds into Jell-O, before it sets. It’s not a bad idea to clean toys well with soap and hot water before using them in the activity.
Place a half cup of sugar into separate Ziploc bags. Add a couple of drops of food coloring at a time, intermittently shaking the bag up, until achieving the desired colors. Place mixtures in a pan to let dry. Then it is time to play. Edible glitter can be used in cookies, or even can be dumped into a tray for mixing and finger drawing in. (There’s more than one way to make edible glitter.)
Using both small and large Dandies all natural vegan marshmallows, kids can create snowmen, polar bears and stick figures. Marshmallows can be fused together with pretzel sticks, peanut butter or frosting. Provide chocolate chips, fruit pieces or natural candies for extra embellishments. Their imaginations can run wild with this one.
Fruit and veggies can also be versatile during a craft session. A peanut butter celery base, an apple slice and pretzel antennas can create one tasty snail! Don’t forget the raisin eyes.