Animal Snack Time
Updated: Oct 12, 2020
This is an awesome activity for school-age children, where they can practice their fine motor skills and agency while making fun, easy snacks! These special snacks are made to look like ladybugs, owls, and caterpillars. The recipes call for ingredients like fruit, peanut butter (or alternative), skewers, and more simple supplies! Ingredients may also be substituted with other fruits and such, if they are unavailable, or may cause an allergic reaction. Encourage creativity throughout this activity to help your child make it theirs! We love to see everyone’s creations, so feel free to share pictures and comments with us via email!
Safety first! Ask an adult to watch you or help you cut the strawberries needed in this recipe.
1. Wooden skewers
4. Edible eyes or googly eyes
5. Frosting, peanut butter, cream cheese, or another edible glue for the eyes
Step 1: Grape body.
First, add 5 grapes to a skewer to create the caterpillar’s body. The skewers are a little sharp, so be careful when putting on each grape! Some people cut the sharp tip off and you can always ask an adult for help.
Step 2: Strawberry head.
Second, cut off the stem and top of a strawberry. After that’s done, place it at the top of the skewer as the head.
Step 3: Frosting eyes.
Third, use frosting, peanut butter, cream cheese, or another ingredient to act like glue for the edible eyes. “Glue” the edible eyes onto the strawberry. And, voila, you made a caterpillar snack in just 3 steps! Keep reading to learn how to make snacks that look like owls too!
Peanut Butter-Strawberry-Banana Owl
If there isn’t an adult around, ask one to help or watch you
cut the fruits needed for this recipe!
1. Peanut butter (or substitute with sun butter, cream cheese, applesauce, etc.)
2. Graham crackers
5. Edible eyes or googly eyes
Step 1: Spread peanut butter.
First, spread a thin layer of peanut butter (or substitute) on 2 graham cracker squares. Also, here’s a random fun fact about owls: the smallest type of owls are Elf Owls (5-6 inches tall) and the largest owls are Great Gray Owls (can be 32 inches tall)!
Step 2: Cut banana rounds.
Second, slice a banana into 6 rounds and then slice 2 of the rounds in half down the center. All together you should have 4 whole rounds and 4 halves.
Step 3: Banana eyes & wings.
Third, add 2 banana rounds at the top of each graham cracker to make the owl’s eyes. Put the remaining halves on each of the sides to make its wings. Can you see the owl forming yet?
Step 4: Strawberry beak & stomach.
Fourth, cut the stem off of a strawberry and then slice it in half lengthwise. Trim the tip off to make a beak and use the bigger part as the stomach. The beak piece should be smaller than the stomach piece, but if not, that’s okay!
Step 5: Add candy eyes.
Lastly, add candy eyes (or googly eyes) to the centers of the 4 banana rounds. You’ve made an owl now! Hoot makes the most delicious snacks? You do!
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