How to Make After-School Snack Adventures With Your Kids
Why not bring back your happy kids with a fun and flavorful after-school snack activity that will get them talking?
Imagine your kids making petrified pizza, yogurt mosaics and edible wishing wands.
In this article, I’ll show you how to make three easy, fun and tasty after-school snacks with your kids that will satisfy their hunger and your need to connect.
Why Make an After-School Snack With Your Kids?
If your kids are like mine, when they get home from school, they’re STARVING. They’re going to dive into the first food they see, so why not build a little fun, creativity and conversation into their afternoon snack once in a while?
Take a few minutes to prepare something with them that makes them smile—and is reasonably healthy too.
It’s a great way to spend a few minutes of fun together and give your children a much-needed break in between a long school day and an evening full of homework, chores and sports or other activities.
Most kids love to help out in the kitchen. When you encourage them to make their own snacks, it gives them a feeling of confidence and helps them learn about nutrition and cooking. And many picky eaters are more likely to eat something they’ve made themselves.
The three snacks I describe below are especially fun to make because they don’t require any cooking and even younger kids can put them together.
It’s also fun to compare the way your children individualize each snack for each person. What do you think your child will create for you?
There are a few safety factors to note before you get started:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling food
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them
- Have an adult help or supervise with anything that involves a sharp knife
All right people, get ready for some after-school fun when you make Petrified Pizza, Yogurt Bowl Mosaics and Wishing Wands. It’s time to chow down!
#1: Petrified Pizza
Have you ever seen petrified wood? It’s wood that has fossilized and turned to stone. My parents had some pieces when I was a kid and they always intrigued me. My oldest child now owns a piece of petrified wood and my kids all think it’s super-cool!
After examining the petrified wood, we started to talk about what it would be like if food in the kitchen were petrified—stone-ground wheat crackers (OK, that’s a little joke: stone = petrified, get it?!), crackly toast, hard-as-a-rock-fruit… Hey, what about a super-crunchy pizza crust? Thus, the Petrified Pizza was born.
Ask your kids what kinds of food remind them of rocks.
Regular pizzas are fun to make. Kids can easily help with things like spreading the sauce, cheese and other toppings. For ideas on making regular pizzas with your kids, check out this article about holding a make-your-own pizza party.
However, those kinds of pizzas are generally considered more of a meal than a snack. They also involve an oven, so making them is a little less kid-friendly.
On the other hand, Petrified Pizzas are snack-sized and don’t require any baking. They’re really easy and really tasty!
To make Petrified Pizza, use rice cakes in various flavors as the “petrified” crusts; a few spreads like hummus, cream cheese or almond butter as the sauce; and small pieces of food like cut-up cucumbers, mini marshmallows or chunks of apple as toppings.
You’ll need a butter knife for the sauce and a plate to catch excess toppings.
Here’s how you make your very own Petrified Pizza:
- Choose your rice cake flavor
- Choose your “sauce” and spread it on your rice cake
- Add your “toppings”
- Dig in!
Here are some trios I recommend:
- Plain or low-salt rice cake with hummus “sauce” and cucumber rounds “topping”
- Carmel corn–flavored rice cakes with almond or soy butter “sauce” and mini-marshmallow “topping”
- Chocolate-flavored rice cakes with low-fat cream cheese “sauce” and Granny Smith apple chunks “topping”
While you’re enjoying Petrified Pizza with its hard, crunchy crust, ask your kids about the hardest thing they faced at school that day.
#2: Yogurt Mosaics
My kids go through tremendous amounts of fruit and yogurt. I’m OK with that, because it’s a pretty healthy combination.
With four kids (or any number of kids), it’s helpful to cut costs where possible. Therefore, we often buy yogurt in large tubs.
But when we eat it, we dress it up with rainbow colors and turn the bowls into beautiful mosaics.
To make Yogurt Bowl Mosaics, use vanilla yogurt as the mortar and colorful chunks of fruit as the tiles. Try green grapes, blueberries, red apples, mandarin orange pieces, etc.
Here’s how you make Yogurt Bowl Mosaics:
First pour the vanilla yogurt into the bowl, including enough to cover the bottom of the bowl.
Next, add your fruit. It’s essential to have a large variety of fruit available so there will be lots of colors to “draw” with.
Use the fruit to make magnificent designs, keeping in mind that by the end, the yogurt should be completely covered with fruit.
Then, best of all, you get to eat your creation. Delish!
While enjoying your sweet, lovely Yogurt Mosaic creations, ask your kids about the sweetest or best thing that happened at school.
#3: Wishing Wands
Who doesn’t like to have a little magic in their lives? Wishing wands are a healthy and fun way to add sparkle to your kids’ eyes while you fill their tummies.
To make Wishing Wands, you’ll need: pretzel rods (I like salted ones, though unsalted is fine if salt is a concern), thinly sliced deli meat and/or cheese, mustard or mayonnaise in a squeeze container and a plate.
To make Wishing Wands:
Lay a slice of meat or cheese flat on your plate.
Using the squeeze bottle, write your wish on your meat or cheese. Try to keep your wish short (just a couple of words) so your wand won’t get too drippy!
If your wish doesn’t fit on one slice, feel free to add another.
Lay a pretzel rod down at one end of the cheese or meat. Carefully roll the slice around the top of the pretzel.
Tell your kids that Wishing Wand wishes are meant to be shared (unlike a wish made over birthday candles that won’t come true if you tell someone what it is). Ask what your kids wish would happen at school or anywhere.
Now eat your Wishing Wand!
You never know—if you finish the whole thing, your wish might come true…
Get Ready to Munch!
As you can see, it’s easy to turn even something as mundane as an after-school snack into an entertaining adventure.
I’m a busy mom, working full time and raising four kids, and I’m always looking for easy new ways to keep my children happy. These snacks were a big hit with my kids. I hope your family enjoys them, too!
What do you think? Do you have any other fun snacking ideas you’d like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to post a picture!
Holly (@HollyChessman) is the co-founder of bozmyn, the secure, private, family-friendly social sharing site that lets you share what you want with who you want – and only who you want. Other posts by Holly Chessman »