Getting the kids involved with preparing a range of fun and healthy snacks, ensures they are eating a wide variety of foods and these simple ideas are sure to please their senses. Great for weekends, after-school snacks and birthday parties.
Make a batch of your favourite pikelet batter and using a sauce bottle pour into a heated pan in animal shapes – start with a circle, then add the head, legs or ears by drizzling extra mixture with a spoon. Be as creative as possible. Serve as is or with jam.
Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into different animal shapes. Top with sultanas to make eyes.
Cut a small capsicum in half, place one half cut side down into a bowl of your favourite dip. Slice the remaining half into 8 strips and sit in dip to create legs of the octopus. Use some stuffed olive slices for eyes.
Wrap lightly browned thin sausages in strips of puff pastry. Bake in a hot oven until puffed and golden. Decorate one end to look like a snakes head. Serve hot or cold with tomato sauce.
Cute clam cookies can be made from biscuits sandwiched with tinted icing and a mint for a pearl sitting between. Add eyes with icing and cachous.
Combine different coloured or types of fruit of a similar size by cutting into strips and reassembling in alternating layers to create striped effect. A fun way to get the kids to eat a variety of fruits.
Hard-boiled eggs are a great snack. Trim the base of a shelled hard-boiled eggs, place cut side down on a plate. Cut strips of carrot into shapes for the feet, nose and use herbs for other features.
Create little mice on crackers from cheddar cheese wedges or portions. Add currants for eyes and a nose, sliced almonds for ears and carrot sticks for tails.
Top bowls of tomato or your favourite vegetable soup with fish shaped savoury snacks and chives to create an underwater scene.
Cut apples in half and arrange on a plate. Dot the apple with some cream cheese and decorate with raisins. Use pretzels and raisins to make antennas.