Whether you’re on the lookout for ideas for keeping children entertained over the last few days of Spring Break, want to occupy little ones on a rainy weekend (after all, we’ve been getting more and more of them!) or just need to spend a quiet few hours at home to recharge batteries (theirs and yours!), foodie arts and crafts projects a great place to start. Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Melt milk chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted or put in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and leave to melt. Transfer to a large dish. While the chocolate cools, peel and cut bananas into sushi-sized pieces. Encourage children to dip the banana pieces in the melted chocolate, arrange on a try and decorate with their favourite toppings: desiccated coconut, chopped nuts, pomegranate seeds, berries and seeds all work well.
This old-fashioned classic craft deserves a revival and is ideal for making Easter cards! Clean and dry large, evenly sized potatoes (allow 2 per child, to give them 4 designs each), then cut in half. Using a marker pen, ask your children to draw a design on the potato – depending on their age, it may be easier to keep things simple with crosses, kisses, squares, simple flower shapes, Easter eggs or hearts. Carefully cut down around the edges of the drawn shape, about 1cm, then cut horizontally across to join where you’ve cut so that the shape is raised. Equip your children with poster paint, paper or card and the prepared potatoes and encourage them to get started!
Easter egg painting
Decorating hard-boiled eggs using paints, scraps of paper, glitter and sprinkles makes for a really fun, seasonal activity. One tried and tested idea is to dip the egg into paint so that it is completely coated with colour, then leave to dry. Then paint on other colours in stripes, zigzags or dots. Children could also draw faces on the eggs and use string or ribbon to add ‘hair’.
Doughnuts are popular with everyone, but rather than being deep-fried and overly sweet (not to mention time-consuming to prepare), these homemade alternatives are healthy and fun to make. To do so, carefully core whole eating apples such as Granny Smiths, then cut horizontally into slices that look like ring doughnuts. Allow the kids to spread with nut butter or cream cheese, then add halved kumquats, small grapes, raspberries and blueberries – or any other fruit they like.
Allow kids to create an edible collage or picture from food. Provide lots of bowls of ingredients such as carrot, pepper and celery batons, small broccoli florets, halved olives, grated carrot, red and white cabbage, cucumber ribbons, canned drained sweetcorn and seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower or quinoa. Provide large sheets of card – it’s easiest to do this on the floor – and let their creativity run riot as they arrange their ingredients into pictures or scenes.