Snacktivity is just what it sounds like: a snack and an activity combined. Many of these activities will be accompanied by a children’s book that you can read and discuss ahead of time with your kids. These activities are designed to make snack time fun for kids (especially those of you with picky eaters!) If you have a great idea for a Snacktivity, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to email me at Melissa@one-mother-to-another.com with the subject line “Snacktivity.”
Ants on a Log
This week’s book is Ants on a Log by Beryl Reichenberg, which tells the story of Jack the Rabbit who won’t eat vegetables no matter how hard his mother tries (sound familiar?!) He refuses cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, despite his mother’s attempts to disguise them and hide them, punish him and bribe him. Until he tries ants on a log and finds them to be delicious (as many kids do…and adults too, myself included!) It’s a sweet, cute story about picky eaters and giving new tastes a chance. I thought it would be an appropriate one considering our discussion on picky eaters last week.
Ants on a Log is a quick, easy, nutritious snack that will fill your kids up with protein and veggies. All you need is:
- Celery stalks
- Peanut butter
Cut the celery stalks in half and then spread the peanut butter in the middle. Add raisins to look like ants walking on the celery log. If you have older kids, let them help you cut the celery with a small paring knife (supervised, of course), spread the peanut butter and add their “ants.”
Celery Heart Roses
For the rest of this activity, you’ll need to save the bottom part of the celery.
Food stamping is a really fun, easy activity to do with kids and this is one of my favorites because of how cool the stamps come out looking with zero manipulating. The bottom part of the celery where the stalks all meet (the stump..is that the term?) looks very much like a rose, so when it’s dipped in paint, it works beautifully as a stamp.
For this particular activity, I used red, orange and yellow Crayola washable fingerpaint, which I spread on a paper plate (I didn’t want big globs because minimal paint is best for stamping.) Let your older kids choose their colors and squeeze/spread the paint themselves.
Then, it’s as simple as dipping the celery into the paint and letting your little Picassos go to work.
Even if you need the rest of the celery for another purpose, the bottom part always gets thrown away anyway, so might as well put it to good use!
Hope you all enjoy doing this activity with your little ones!