Play with your food! Forget the years of mom telling you otherwise. It’s time to be creative with the tasty stuff.

Need inspiration? Visit Pinterest! You will soon be “pinning” your way to great ideas. I found a few cute ideas I thought I’d try. My kids are fond of snacking (who isn’t?). So I got to work.

Butterfly Snacks

Perfect for lunch boxes, after-school snacks or party favors.

You need:

  • Snack-size baggies
  • Clothespins
  • Paint or markers
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Favorite bite-size snack

Directions:

  1. Paint or color the clothespins. Set aside to dry.
  2. Glue on eyes.
  3. Fill baggies with favorite snacks, pushing content into corners.
  4. Clip baggies in the middle with clothespins.
  5. Slide pipe cleaner antennae through top.

Baseball Mini Pizzas

Perfect for athletes young and old.

You need:

  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Cut muffins in half.
  2. Spread sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Cut pepperoni into strips. Place on pizzas so they look like the seams. With a knife and a little effort, you’ll create a baseball snack that will surely be a homerun.
     

Grape Caterpillars

Easy, healthy and too cute.

You need:

  • Grapes
  • Skewers
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Frosting

Directions:

  1. Wash grapes and thread onto wooden skewers.
  2. Use two dabs of white frosting as glue for chocolate chips.

Bite-Size Footballs

Are you ready for pre- or postgame goodies?

You need:

  • Oval crackers
  • Cheese slices
  • Summer sausage
  • Ranch dressing

Directions:

  1. Cut sausage and cheese into “footballs” the size of the oval crackers.
  2. Layer sausage and cheese onto crackers.
  3. Put ranch dressing into baggie. Cut a tiny bit off one corner of the baggie. Squeeze the dressing to draw the football seams on top.

Fishin’

Dive into convenient snacks

You need:

  • Carrot sticks, celery sticks, pretzel rods
  • Peanut butter, ranch dressing, frosting or Nutella
  • Goldfish crackers

Directions:

  1. Now go fishing for your snack by choosing a “fishing rod” (carrot, celery, pretzel).
  2. Dip your fishing rod into a “lure” (peanut butter, ranch, etc.).
  3. Now you are ready to “catch” a cracker.
  4. When you’re finished fishing, you get to eat your catch!

Are you ready to play? With food as the perfect medium, now you and your little ones have permission to play.

 

About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.