Resurrection Day Breakfast

Today I have a little breakfast to celebrate the Easter story.  Make a fun little breakfast to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!  An egg-in-toast is a great way to portray the empty tomb and this breakfast will be a great way to talk about this great story.

Ingredients:

1 slice of bread

1 egg

1 slice of cheese

1 T butter

Directions:

Heat a skillet.  Use a cookie cutter or cup to cut a large circle in a slice of bread.  Butter the bread and place onto skillet.  Crack an egg into the skillet and let cook several minutes until bottom of egg is firm enough to flip.  Flip bread and egg once to briefly cook the other side of the bread and egg, and then serve.  The egg looks like the light shining out of the tomb, and sliced cheese strips look like more light coming from the tomb because Jesus has risen from the dead.

Read the Story

Matthew 28

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Talk About It

Some questions to ask the kids include:

What do you think the women said to themselves after they saw that the tomb was empty?

What do you think the other disciples thought when the women told them that Jesus was risen from the dead?

Why were the guards so afraid?  How would you feel if you were a guard?

How do you think the disciples felt when they saw Jesus on after he had risen?

What does this story teach us about Jesus?

Pray a Prayer of Thanksgiving

This would be a great chance to thank God together for sending Jesus to die for us and for raising Him from the dead because of His great power.  Thank Him for forgiving our sins through Jesus’ death on the cross, and thank God for this story.  Jesus’ resurrection proves that He was who He said He was.

Act It Out

Have each child choose a character to be and act out this story.  Characters could include the guards, angels, Jesus, women, or the disciples.

What other ideas do you have to teach kids about the Easter Story?  Please share your comments and links below!

Also, check out our other cute Easter Snacks in this collection!

Easter Snacks to Make with the Kids

Toy Story Alien Snack

Toy Story 3 is one of the highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review website my husband checks religiously before we go out to see a movie.  Kids love the excitement, adventure, and charming characters in this movie.  Even my little girls love  the Woody doll that Grandma keeps at her house, and both have stopped to play with the Buzz Lightyear in the toy aisle.

One of the funniest characters in the Toy Story movie, in my opinion, is the three-eyed alien.  I can just picture him saying, “Ooooh, the Claaaaaaw” like he does in the first movie.  I smile just thinking about it.  In case you’re not familiar with this character, he looks like this:

We decided to make this guy for a snack the other day.  We used green grapes, white cheese, blueberries, and raisins.  Take a look.

Toy Story Alien Snack

Ingredients:

Green Grapes (approx. 20)
3 blueberries
white cheese sliced into ovals (could use string cheese, or sliced white cheese like provolone or mozaraella)
3 raisins

Directions:

Slice green grapes in half and arrange on plate in an oval shape as shown.  Slice one of the grapes into tall triangles to look like ears, and slice a small circle out of the cross-section of a grape to be the circle on top of your alien’s head.  Slice blueberries in half, and arrange on top of grapes as shown for a mouth.  Add 3 slices of cheese cut into oval shapes for eyes, and add raisins.  Enjoy!

Check Out the Rest of Our Kids Movie Snacks

Winnie the Pooh

Mickey Mouse

Lion King

Nemo

Shrek

Tangled

Monster’s Inc

Peter Pan

Up

3 kings

The 3 kings, or reyes magos as I used to teach about in Spanish class, are an integral part of the Christmas story.  As we celebrate this special time, mixed with all of the fun holiday food we make are those snacks that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Matthew 2: 1 – 12 tells the story of the Magi, or wise men from the east who came to worship Jesus because they saw the star of Bethlehem shining in the sky.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The 3 magi, or 3 kings as they became popularly known, traveled and offered their gifts to baby Jesus.  It is believed that their being called kings is due to Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him”.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the images that portray this story with a scene that focuses on the starry sky and the men in the forefront of the image as sillouettes.  Here is an example.
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Once I found out that the animal crackers I bought from Target contained camels,  I knew I had to make this snack!
To make the 3 kings snack, I started by placing the camels onto the plate.  Next, I took some deli ham and rolled it into three small triangular shapes to look like the men’s robes.  Next, I took one baby carrot and sliced the round edges off lengthwise so it would lay flat, and cut it into a square for the head.  (I made the head square in order for the crown to look like it lays flat).  Lastly, I cut a slice of cheddar cheese for the large star and the crowns.  It took some patience to slice the little sections out of the top of the slice (for the points on the crowns), but the end result made it all worth it!
Oh, and the stars were made by this trusty method that I love to use:

 

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Santa Hat Poppers

Looking for cute Christmas Party Food?  Today’s Santa Hat Poppers would be the perfect Christmas Party food for kids.  Make these Santa Claus inspired party poppers for your next holiday party or put them out at your next playdate to get the kids excited for Christmas.

By the way, you’ll probably love these other cute Christmas Party food ideas for kids: Grinch Party Poppers, Santa Party Poppers, Popcorn Snowman Cups, Snowman Party Poppers

Santa Hat Poppers

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Ingredients: (6 poppers)

10-15 oz block mozzarella cheese (sliced from a large block)

6 fresh strawberries

6 round crackers (Ritz, Toasteds, etc.)

Directions:

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Using a large block of mozzarella cheese from the grocery store, slice 1/8- 1/4 inch slices of cheese.  You want the slices to be large enough to be able to punch two hat bases (using 2 inch cookie cutter shown below) out of each slice.

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Use a cookie cutter shaped like a flower or a circle (the one shown here is about 2″ wide), and punch out little bases for your Santa hats.  A flower has a cute look once the hats are assembled because it looks like fluffy white fur.

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Your bases are now ready!

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Slice the stem off of your fresh strawberries.  Try to use strawberries with a width that would allow you to see your cute little hat base and not cover it up entirely, or look too small on the base you made.

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

I punched one more “flower” or Santa Hat base out than I needed, and sliced the little round edges into semicircles for the tops of Santa’s Hat.

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

I love to use the little plastic toothpicks from the dollar store.  They are not too sharp, and look adorable to hold these little guys together.  Note:  Make sure the top semicircle of cheese is thick enough to allow the toothpick to go through without the cheese falling apart.  The block mozzarella cheese I used worked great and did not fall apart.  I kept my semicircle cheese hat toppers to at least 1 cm thick.

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

 Although the Santa Hats look great and are ready to eat by step 5, I would suggest placing a cracker beneath each one.  The saltiness of the cracker tastes great with the cheese, and also the cracker makes for each pick-up from the plate.  This part is optional, but that’s my recommendation.

Your Santa Hat Poppers are now complete and ready to put out at your Christmas party or play date!  The kids will love them!  Mine sure did!

Creative Kid Snacks: Santa Hat Poppers - perfect kids finger food for a Christmas party!

Enjoy!

Make sure you also check out these fun Christmas Snacks and Lunches:

Grinch Party Poppers

Santa Party Poppers

Popcorn Snowman Cups

Snowman Party Poppers

3 Kings Lunch

Baby Jesus in the Manger

5 Healthy Christmas Snacks for Kids

Jingle Bells Lunch

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Octopus

Looking for a healthy and fun after school snack for the kids?  Try this fun little octopus, which they’ll be sure to love.

Ingredients:

1 slice cheese (any kind)

8 baby carrots

1 red grape

2 black beans or raisins

Directions:

Slice your piece of cheese into a large, oval head with a bit of a neck on the bottom.  Lay that on the plate towards the top.  Next, slice your baby carrots into 5-7 circular sections each.  Throw all of your little carrot circles into a small bowl.  Arrange eight legs coming out of the octopus’ body, starting with the larger sized carrot rounds and ending the leg with the smaller sized carrot rounds.  This will look more realistic.  Add two black bean eyes, and slice a thin section off of a red grape that has been sliced in half.  Place onto your octopus to look like a happy smile.

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Kids Dinner Menu: Healthy Hot Air Balloon

Do you struggle to provide dinners for your child that are nutritious and yet appealing?  Maybe you have a picky eater.  Maybe you need some ideas for those nights when just the kids are eating.

Here at Creative Kid Snacks, we focus a lot on healthy lunch ideas for kids, as well as lots of healthy snack ideas, but today we have a healthy dinner with chicken, fresh carrots, red pepper, corn, avocado, and cheese.  They will not be able to resist!  (By the way, if you’re interested to see our lunch version of a hot air balloon, here it is).

Healthy and Creative Kids Dinner: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Ingredients:

1/2 grilled chicken breast

3.4 c corn

1/4 diced red pepper

2 t guacamole

1 baby carrot

1 piece string cheese

Directions:

Grill or saute a chicken breast.  We love to rub this spice on our chicken before cooking.  Cook a 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick chicken breast 4 minutes per side on medium high heat.  After removing from grill or saute pan, let sit for 2 minutes, then cut into shape for a balloon basket.  Next, slice rounds off of a piece of string cheese and arrange off to the side of the plate to look like a cloud.  Slice two thin strips from the remaining portion of string cheese for strings coming up from the basket.  Create the balloon by adding your heated corn to the plate in a circular shape.  Sprinkle the red pepper in with the corn.  Next, slice a baby carrot lengthwise into a thin section.  Cut in half width-wise to look like a person in the balloon.  Slice 4 little strips from the remaining carrot and place two next to the little body to look like arms, and two along the bottom of the plate to look like tree trunks.  Add a dollop of guacamole atop each carrot, and your dinner is complete.

Healthy and Creative Kids Dinner: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Nutritional Benefits of this Plate:

This plate is full of lots of wonderful, whole foods we want our kids to eat!

Chicken: a wonderful source of lean protein

Red Pepper: tons of Vitamin A, C, and K

Avocado: beneficial fats, protein, anti-inflammatory properties

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa, Black Sheep is a common nursery rhyme that first appeared in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book published in 1744!  This was a collection of English nursery rhymes, and Baa, Baa Black Sheep, along with Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, Old King Cole, and more, have been beloved songs and verses chanted by many of us throughout the centuries.  When I became a mom, I made sure to have a copy of the classic nursery rhymes in my library for my own kids to learn and appreciate these little pieces of history.

My two children had the privilege of knowing most of their great grandparents for some of the early years of their life.  I always marveled at the way both great grandparent and great grandchild could recite their favorite nursery rhymes together and how great grandpa was taken back to his childhood as my children were experiencing theirs.

Baa Baa, Black Sheep

Creative Kid Snacks: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Ingredients:

handful of fresh blackberries

1 slice white cheese (mozzarella, provolone, swiss)

2 baby carrots

2 stalks celery

Directions:

Place blackberries in a large circle in the center of the plate.  Add a few extra blackberries where a head would be as you will use this area as a surface on which to lay the face.  Slice a large teardrop along with two small teardrop shapes out of the white cheese.  Place those on the head area to define the face and ears of your sheep.  Next, slice a baby carrot in half and then into 4 thin strips out of one of the halves.  Arrange the 4 strips of carrot below the sheep’s body to look like legs.  Take your knife and carefully slice a little smile out of your remaining half of a baby carrot.  Place the smile on the face.  Use two tiny blackberry fruit bits for eyes, and finish the look by adding small chunks of celery to look like the grass in which the sheep is grazing.

Nutritional Benefits of this Snack

Blackberries contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fiber.  They are one of the top 10 antioxidant foods, known to contain polyphenols that helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  They also help to reduce inflammation.  Read more here.

Celery is a fantastic source of fiber, and it is said that a person burns more calories eating and digesting celery than the celery gives you.  It’s a “negative calorie” food!

Carrots contain beta carotene and lots of Vitamin A which helps with eyesight.  Nutrients in carrots are also linked to great skin, cleansing of the body, and lowered risk of stroke and heart disease.  See more here.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of the most fun children’s books to read aloud!

Written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, the story is told of alphabet letters who mischievously climb a coconut tree and tumble down.  The rhythmic way it is written makes it fun to read with the kids, bouncing them on your knees all the while.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lunch

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Kids Lunch - ideas for reading the story and making a special lunch to go with it! | CreativeKidSnacks.com

We created this lunch using leftovers a combination of leftovers from this yummy meal made the night before and fresh ingredients.  Spoon rice (or an alternative listed below) onto the bottom portion of your plate as a ground.  Next, use fresh pineapple chunks to build a palm tree.  Slice an avocado and place sections above for the palm branches.  Slice a meatball in half and lay onto the plate to look like coconuts.  (Note: I microwaved the portion of the leftovers I was going to use before assembling this lunch).

Finally, using string cheese, add the letters of the alphabet heading towards the “coconut tree”.  You’re done!

Variations:

Ground: oatmeal, hummus, cheerios, black beans, (or any other beans), turkey, or basically anything brown or black!

Tree trunk: banana, mango, peaches

Palm leaves: sugar snap peas, kiwi, green grapes, green apple slices

Coconuts: cereal, crackers (like Ritz), red or dark grapes, even sliced baby carrot wheels or banana wheels

Letters: pipe yogurt onto plate to make letters, Alphabet cereal

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Learning Activities

1) Act out the story using alphabet cards (use store-bought or make your own on index cards).

2) Dance to the story, make up moves to go along with different phrases in the book.

3) Put in order the alphabet letters: spread alphabet cards all over the floor (like the pile of letters in the story), and have your child put them back in order by lining them up on the floor.  (Make your own alphabet cards if you don’t have your own).

More Book-Inspired Snacks Ideas:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini
Blackout by John Rocco
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Gone Fishin’

Today’s lunch takes almost no time to prepare, and features foods that all kids love: peanut butter sandwich, string cheese, and goldfish.

As we all know, the aforementioned aren’t the most healthy foods in the world, but they are being served in moderation here, and I will share with you a couple secrets on how to make even a peanut butter sandwich more healthy.

How to create a simple "Gone Fishin'" lunch for your kids today! | CreativeKidSnacks.com

Ingredients:

1 slice whole wheat bread

1-2 T homemade peanut butter (see below)

1 piece string cheese

1 grape

1 goldfish

1 pretzel stick

1 strawberry (or other small fruit for a hat)

Create your Gone Fishin’ Lunch:

Today’s lunch features a boat that is half of a peanut butter sandwich.  Because I always like to strive to feed my kids the healthiest possible version of their food that I can, I’m going to show you something I just about when I purchased our awesome new toy – a Vitamix.

Make your own peanut butter:

You can make your own peanut butter if you have a Vitamix or a food processor.  When you make it yourself as described below, you avoid all of the extra sugars and hydrogenated oils found in even the “healthiest” brand name peanut butters.

Vitamix Peanut Butter

Vitamix Peanut Butter

Combine 1 jar of lightly roasted peanuts with several handfuls of almonds (raw, roasted, unseasoned) and set the Vitamix to high for a minute or two.   I bought lightly roasted because they have great flavor for turning into peanut butter and they also have less additives than regular roasted peanuts.  You can also add any other kind of nut you would like to this mix.  Just choose nuts that are not highly processed so that you will avoid that extra salt, sugar, and other chemicals and keep that great nutritional value.

Once you are done, you will have warm, delicious peanut butter with fantastic flavor and so many less ingredients to serve to your kids.

Next, you will slice the string cheese in half width-wise.  Place one half on top of the “boat” to be a fisherman.  Peel thin strings from the other half and use them to place beneath the boat for waves.  Use one thin string for the fishing line.  Place two thin strips of cheese on either side of your fisherman’s body for arms.

Add a pretzel for a fishing rod.

Next, slice a red grape, blueberry, or other dark fruit into small strips.  Arrange two of them to look like a hook at the bottom of the fishing line.  Use two tiny bits of that same fruit for your fisherman’s eyes.  (If you have a food marker, you may also use that to draw your man’s eyes and smile).

Place a goldfish near the hook, and you are done!

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And now it’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Under the Sea

“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid is one of our all-time favorite movie songs.  It just gets stuck in our head every time we listen to it!

We’ve been in a bit of a whirlwind in life lately, so Sunday night we decided to veg and have a family movie night.  Our movie of choice was The Little Mermaid.

Today’s snack is inspired by Sebastain’s famous song “Under the Sea”.

"Under the Sea" kids snack with avocados, oatmeal, strawberries, and cheese.  So fun! | CreativeKidSnacks.com
Create these fun little sea creatures using the following ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal

1/4 avocado, sliced

1 strawberry

1/2 slick string cheese

3 grapes

goldfish crackers

1 teaspoon yogurt

Assemble:

Spoon your oatmeal onto the bottom of the plate for the ocean floor.

Next, arrange your avocado slices to look like a beautiful ocean plant.

Slice your strawberry in half so it lies flat on the plate and slice again into 6-8 thin strips to use as the crab’s arms and legs.

Slice 1/2 of your string cheese from the bottom into several small sections.  I think this little guy looks like one of Nemo’s little classmates.  (Now we are cross-referencing Disney movies!).

Slice grapes in half to lay flat onto the plate, and create little tails by slicing remaining portion of grape in half.

Add goldfish crackers.

**Optional: add little eyes to some of the creatures using a food marker

You are now ready to draw your waves at the top of the plate to complete the “Under the Sea” look.  I love to use the following technique:

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