PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD
Much like an arts and crafts project, making a snack can become an after-school activity. The bonus: Kids get to eat their artwork, and you get to sneak nutritious foods into their diet.
Create a work of art using the following elements:
TIP: This makes a great birthday party activity.
Fruit, such as grapes, melon, bananas or strawberries, cut into bite-size pieces
Chocolate sprinkles (optional)
Spear about four pieces of fruit onto each pretzel, as if making a kebab, to create the worms. Leave a tip at the end for the tail. Parents, you can pre-spear the fruit. Join two worms with a piece of fruit for a longer creepy-crawler. Use sprinkles to make eyes, spots or tiny feet.
Let your child put this puzzling lunch together. Start by making a sandwich with cheese and bologna or other deli meat. Cut the sandwich into a number of shapes, then separate the shapes, mix them up and place them on her lunch plate. Have your child reconstruct the sandwich by interlocking the puzzle pieces before she eats it.