As the mercury rises, kids are asking for cool summer treats that will keep them full and refreshed. We have some great ideas for you and the children in your care to try this summer while staying cool!
Homemade popsicles are one of the easiest summer treats to make. Not only are they delicious they are often more nutritious and less expensive than store bought popsicles. You can be quite creative when it comes to popsicle making. We have tried everything from fruit juice (100% juice being the healthiest choice of course), to pureed fruit and yogurt, to pudding, and even gelatin! The flavored gelatin recipe is our favorite here at Little Tikes! These tasty treats are ideal for children because they don’t drip like regular popsicles. To spice it up a little add some fresh fruit into the mix for a nutritious snack for the kids.
1 package Kool-Aid (try sugar-free to cut down on harmful sugars)
2/3 cup hot water
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar (try honey or sugar substitutes for less calories)
Approximately 20 Dixie cups
- In a large pouring pitcher mix together: Jell-O, Kool-Aid, sugar, and hot water, until dissolved
- Add cold water
- Pour into Dixie cups and freeze
Try these different combinations of Jell-O and Kool-Aid; you’d be suprised how yummy they taste.
- Strawberry gelatin and Lemonade Kool-Aid
- Lime gelatin and Cherry Kool-Aid
- Watermelon gelatin and Orange Kool-Aid
- Peach gelatin and Strawberry Kool-Aid
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Now we all know that kids are more likely to eat snacks that they helped to prepare, right? We have a couple great recipes that you and the children in your care can work together to create!
Ants on a Log
Peanut butter (or cream cheese if you’d prefer)
- Cut celery stocks in half for easier eating
- Fill the center of the celery stick with peanut butter
- Place a few raisins on top to be your ants
- Eat and enjoy
If you don’t like raisins, try tiny chocolate chips!
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Bread Painting Snack
- Decide how many colors you want to use and gather that amount of small cups to put them in
- Pour about 1/4 cup of milk in each cup and add a different color of food coloring to each cup. Add as much food coloring as you’d like until you obtain a bright color
- Have the children use a paint brush and paint a picture on the bread
- When the picture is done, toast the bread
- Now you have a masterpiece to eat!
- For a tastier treat, top the toast with a bit of butter
Be careful not to get the bread too wet or you may have one sloppy masterpiece!
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Give these recipes a try and let us know how they work for you!