For a fun, spring food craft, try these mini chick crackers!
A recent message from a reader wanted to know what fun food craft ideas we had to bring in spring! From pre-school to home school, food crafts are all the rage. Why not, when you could combine snack time, play time, and creativity with a project designed around healthy food.
So, we grabbed cheese, crackers, olives, and carrots to make these spring chicks. The kids can layer their own chicks to make them unique, or to reinforce learning skills such as:
- Patterns – The kids can learn and remember, crackers on bottom, then the cheese, then the carrots. These types of pattern learning can help kids build critical reasoning skills, as well as mathematical skills.
- Fine motor skills- Picking up each small piece for building the chick takes time to learn! This is something that toddlers are just beginning to grasp. Having these small pieces of food is great for finger movement and placement.
- counting (two eyes, one nose, etc.) I love counting ANYTHING we are building. The kids can make FOUR chicks, with EIGHT feet, FOUR noses, EIGHT eyes, and TWENTY feathers. Many opportunities for counting.
- Shapes- Circles, rectangles, squares… these chicks have it all!
We also like to combine a food craft with story time. Using a theme like chicks or spring can You can also pair this snack with a story. Some that we recommend
To make this snack with your kids, grab a circle cookie cutter, just smaller than the crackers you chose. Slice the cheese into slices, and then use the circle cutter to cut the circles out. Fill a bowl with the circles and share the scraps to snack on.
Slice a small carrot into rounds. With a small paring knife, cut a small triangle notch out of the “feet”, and store these in a bowl for the kids to use. Cut carrots into match sticks for the feathers. Keep them altogether for easy grabbing.
Lastly, slice olives into half circles for the eyes!
With all the pieces of the chick, let the kids assemble these on their own. Provide spinach for a place to “perch”.
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Cheese and Cracker Baby Chicks
- 8 cracker crackers, whole-wheat
- 8 ounce cheddar cheese
- 1 cup carrots, baby
- 8 jumbo black olives, canned
- 1 cup spinach
- Lay out crackers on a plate or platter.
- Cut cheese into circles that will fit in top of crackers. The best fit will be about 1/4 inch smaller. Place cheese on crackers.
- Cut carrots into small sticks to resemble the chicks feathers on top of his head. Cut another carrot into 24 thin rounds. 16 will be used for the feet and 8 will be cut into triangles for the beaks.
- Cut tiny pieces from an olive to make little eyes for each chick and then place some spinach leaves under each chick for a cozy spot to rest.
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