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Fun Food Ideas for Kids

Kids love making food. They get the fun of creating and the fun of eating!  Here are some new food ideas that the kids can enjoy.

Pancakes - Ideas for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, or any Special Day.
Cupcake Cones - Too cold for ice cream, try these cones instead!
Pumpkin Seeds - directions for making this tasty treat!
Soft Pretzels - so easy, everyone can have homemade pretzels.

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  • Use a pancake mix or follow the recipe below.
  • Put about 1/4 of the mix in a liquid mixing cup (with a pouring spout) and add food coloring.  Red - hearts for Valentine's Day, Green - St. Patrick's Day
  • Using colored batter, pour onto hot frying pan in the shape you want. Remember the shape will be reversed when you flip it on to the plate. Do letters backwards.
  • Let cook for about 30 seconds, then pour regular batter around the shape. Do not pour it directly on the center of your shape, or it may spread messing up your pattern.
  • Flip, and serve when cooked.

Pancake Mix (flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, oil)

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  (1.5 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder).
  • Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients for the liquids. (1 cup milk, 2 tbsp oil, 1 beaten egg)
  • Stir until mixed. (If using hard flour, stir until just mixed. Some lumps are OK)
  • Pour onto a hot, oiled fry pan. Cook until set, then flip to finish cooking.


Create Cupcake Cones with your kids today!

Too cold for ice cream?
Try these Cup Cake cones!


Supplies - flat bottom ice cream cones, cake mix, cupcake tin, icing & decorations

  1. Follow the directions to make your favorite cake mix.
  2. Have the kids spoon the batter into the ice cream cones.  Be careful not to fill them more than 3/4 full.
  3. Put the filled cones into the cupcake tin.
  4. Bake at 350f for 10-15 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check that they are cooked.
  5. Let the kids ice and decorate their cupcake cones.  You can use different colored icing, multi-colored sparkles, or candy as decorations.

Here's a note from one of our visitors.

I am the Nutritionist for a Reservation Daycare. For Birthdays, I always ask the child what kind of cake he/she would like to have. One of my older kids told me that he did not like cake. I surprised him with cupcake cones and all the fixings to decorate them with. The kids had a great time decorating their own cone and my little birthday boy said that was the best "ice cream" he had ever had! Thank you for the great idea!


Soft Pretzels

2 - 16 oz. loaves frozen bread dough
1 egg white, slightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water
Coarse salt

  • Separate thawed bread into 24 - 1 1/2" balls.
  • Roll each ball into a rope 14 1/2" long.
  • Have children plan and design pretzel shapes (letters or numerals).
  • Put pretzels one inch apart on a baking sheet
  • Brush with egg white mixture
  • Sprinkle with salt
  • Follow baking directions for bread dough
  • Check early since they will cook faster than a loaf of bread


Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds
olive oil

  • clean the seeds from a pumpkin.  Wash them to remove any orange bits.
  • Put them in a pot and cover with water.  Boil them for about 10 minutes.
  • Drain the seeds and spread them on a cookie sheet.
  • Add about 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of salt.
  • Mix the seeds until they are well coated.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until golden brown

You can skip the step of boiling, but the seeds taste better and are less chewy if they are boiled before baking.

A friend of mine omits the oil, and bakes the seeds on low heat 250F for 1-2 hours.  We've never wanted to wait that long to see if this method is better!

Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds you can roast.  Try roasting the seeds from any winter squash.  Spagetti squash seeds are one of our favorites.

Tips for carving pumpkins.


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Let us know if you and your kids have fun food creations to share with other families.



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