Food Fun for Kids

When the day is going to be long or you’ve got extra kids underfoot, make a fun meal for everyone.  It will be a bright spot in your day and you’ll find kids eating food they won’t normally eat.

Jazz it up with some fancy names, and your kids will be begging to come to the table.

Pigs in a Blanket are so simple and easy.  All you need is hot dogs and refrigerator biscuits or crescent rolls.  Cut the hot dogs in half and roll each one up inside the crescent roll or biscuit.  You can roll them up beginning at the short or the wide end.  Either way works. Bake according to the directions on the container.  Serve with ketchup or mustard – or both.Finger Jello is another fun treat, especially if you cut the jello into special shapes.  Choose the flavor/color by the season.  Red for Christmas and Valentine’s day, green for St. Patrick’s day, and watermelon for summer flavor. You can find the recipe for that here.

Sailboat Eggs are fun to make and serve. For the recipe I use, click  here.  To make the sails, cut triangles out of any color paper.  If you’d like, you can use them as name tags.  Label the sail and put the egg on the child’s plate.  A toothpick and some Scotch tape will secure the sail for you.

Ants on a Log are a fun way to get kids to eat some raisins or craisins.  (I tell them the craisins are crazy raisins.) Put peanut butter on celery sticks and then place raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, or some other fruit or nut on top of the peanut butter.

This guy wasn’t too sure about the craisins but ended up eating everything, one finger lick at a time.

Sloppy Jo sandwiches can be served in miniature buns or hot dog buns. Once I changed the name of Sloppy Jo sandwiches to Sassy Sadie sandwiches just because a child visiting my house that day didn’t like Sloppy Jos. She snarfed them up – was it because she was intrigued by their name?  For younger kids, hot dog  buns work well for these sandwiches.  They are easier to handle and can be cut in half for small kids.

When you have extra kids underfoot, finger foods make for easy clean-up.  They also give an extra impetus to clean a plate during mealtime.

Come up with your own ideas and designs.  It’s fun to keep kids guessing and make mealtimes interesting.

 

Pinterest Food Fun

Easy Finger Jello

finger jello in cuttersThere are few children who dislike finger jello – especially when it is cut into interesting shapes!  In the summer, you can cut butterfly or animal shapes.  In winter, snowflakes, wreaths or  Christmas trees match the scenery.  And in February, hearts for Valentine’s day work their magic.

This is a good way to get liquid into a child who is recovering from a stomach bug.  It’s also a good way to help keep children hydrated on hot days.  I have made this with sugar-free jello and with regular jello.  Sometimes I mix and match to decrease the sugar.

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Make this a day or two ahead and it will be ready when you want to serve it.  I use the left-over pieces of jello to cut out tiny shapes.  You can’t go wrong with this idea!

I got this recipe from my friend Shirley years ago.  We were both in the throes of raising children and our families ate at each other’s tables a lot.  When she served this finger jello, my kids were hooked.finger jello ingredients

Choose any flavor jello you like and add some  lemon juice and plain gelatin that has been dissolved in cold eater.  Mix with boiling water and chill until set.  Kids enjoy helping cut out the shapes, or you can cut it into squares.

finger jello gelatin in water

plain gelatin with lemon juice dissolved in cold water

finger jello pouring jello

Pour the combined mixtures into a pan, then allow to chill and set.

finger jello teddy bear

 

Finger Jello
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Recipe type: finger jello
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20 pieces
 
By the time you have your water boiling, you'll have everything else mixed and ready to go for this recipe. Dissolve and mix, chill and set. Then serve!
Ingredients
  • 9 oz. Jello (1 cup bulk jello) - flavor of your choice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
Instructions
  1. Put lemon juice and unflavored gelatin in cold water.
  2. Stir and dissolve.
  3. Add boiling water to the jello
  4. Stir until dissolved
  5. Mix the two ingredients
  6. Stir until mixed and dissolved well
  7. Put into 9 x 9 pan
  8. Refrigerate until set
  9. Cut into serving pieces