Imaginative Summer Snacks for a D.I.Y. Picnic
Photography by: Sophie Mulgrew
We can't contain our excitement that summer is in full swing! Since dining al fresco is a highlight of the season, preparing a picnic filled with imaginative snacks is the perfect way to spend the day with your kiddos. Here are a few super simple, delicious, and whimsical recipes that we hope will inspire you to bring playtime to the picnic blanket!
- Toasted Bread
- Peanut Butter (or Sunflower Butter)
Encourage your children to get involved in the creation of their snacks whenever possible! Bring a plastic knife and ask them to spread jam or peanut butter over the pre-toasted bread. Slice three banana rounds, two for the ears and one for the nose. Allow your children to arrange the banana and blueberry on the toast to create their bear, cute and delicious!
- Pomegranate Seed
- Apple Skin
Cut cucumber pieces into half circles and invite your children to create a snake body with the shapes. As they work, bring the process to life by asking questions like "How do you think a snake moves?" Once they have created the body, use a pomegranate seed for an eye and a ripped piece of apple skin for the tongue!
Parasol Fruit Kabobs
- Toothpick Parasol
This super simple snack is a tasty way to help your little ones develop fine motor skills. Encourage your children to create fruit kabobs by adding grapes and blueberries to the toothpicks. As they work, invite them to make a pattern, group by color, or count the number of pieces they are adding onto the toothpick.
Apple + Grape Race Cars
- Apple slices (pre-cut into half moon shape)
Place two toothpicks horizontally through the apple slice, one at the front and one at the back. Cut grapes in half and invite your children to attach a piece of grape to each end of the toothpicks. Once completed, allow your children to play with their snack before digging in. Maybe you make a watermelon city that the cars drive through or maybe the apple racer is cruising through a cucumber speedway. No matter the story their imaginations create, playing with this food before digging in is a must!
- Wheat Bread (or your favorite kind!)
- Peanut Butter
- Cookie Cutter (optional)
This snack is a serious favorite around Rose & Rex! Use a cookie cutter or knife to make identical shapes out of two pieces of bread (i.e. two stars, two squares). Encourage your children to spread peanut butter and jelly over the top of one piece. Cover the peanut butter and jelly in sprinkles. Use a cookie cutter (or bottle cap) to cut a circle out of the center of the second piece of bread. Place the bread on top of the sprinkles and chow down!
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