Whether it’s a rainy day or a party that needs some action, crafts can be a fun learning experience for kids of all ages. But what’s more fun than a food-themed craft that you can eat? We’ve rounded up these recipes from some seriously awesome blogs. Keep in mind that many times, ingredients can be altered to be healthier or to adapt to what is already in the pantry. However you end up executing these recipes, kids will have a blast with these 12 easy edible crafts.
1. Layered Drinks
Looking at a layered drink is both bewildering and magical. But it comes down to 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 like the Fourth of July.
Full Instructions: In Katrina’s Kitchen
2. Jell-O Slime
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 also help kids learn. Involving young ones in 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.
Full Instructions: One Savvy Mom
3. Edible Playdough
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.
Full Instructions: The Typical Mom
4. Rainbow Bread
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.
Full Instructions: Kids Craft Room
5. Fish Bowls
Sprinkle rainbow Nerds at the bottom, then after mixing blue Jell-O, allow it to cool for a bit so the Nerds won’t lose the color. Floating candies can be pressed back down with a toothpick. When the mix is slightly set, push a Smart Sweet fish in, then allow it to set fully. Little fish bowls are adorable to use, but clear cups also work.
Full Instructions: Mighty Mrs.
6. Solar Oven
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 can create a pretty cool science project. Once it’s finished, try out cooking some marshmallows to top off classic s’mores.
Full Instructions: Home Depot
7. Gummy Bears
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.
Full Instructions: Lily In Kitchen
8. Pretzel Log Cabin
Gingerbread houses are fun at Christmas. Pretzel log cabins are the summer version. However, you could make these very “wintery.” The recipe we came across uses gluten-free items, including Chex, gluten-free pretzels, powdered sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks. When finished, the mini dwellings become a sweet and salty snack.
Full Instructions: Fork and Beans
9. 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. (Full Instructions: Living Well Mom)
10. Edible Glitter
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.)
Full Instructions: She Knows
11. Marshmallow Art
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.
Full Instructions: Happy Life Blogspot
12. Healthy Snails
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.
Full Instructions: Ready Set Eat