Everybody knows that Thanksgiving is all about the food, and all about how much food you can actually eat. However, Thanksgiving can be a little difficult for young kids, who sometimes find "grown-up" food boring and tasteless. Plus, little ones are often unable to eat large quantities at once, preferring to snack on little parcels of food instead.
Therefore, why not provide your kids with some Thanksgiving snacks? Snacks can be much more convenient, especially for toddlers. Plus, not only are they easy to make they are also extremely delicious. Here are 10 Thanksgiving snacks for children.
10 Turkey Rice Krispies
Thanksgiving is a great time to involve your kids with cooking, especially when it involves sweet treats. The turkey is the symbol of Thanksgiving and can be celebrated in many different ways. For instance, why not make little Rice Krispie treats to honor the sacred Thanksgiving bird.
All you need is 6 cups of Rice Krispies, 3 tablespoons of butter, 4 cups of mini marshmallows (and a few extras to nibble on), a couple of peanut butter cups, some candy for the face, a cookie-cutter, and of course, some baking paper. Furthermore, if you want to make brown turkeys, just use chocolate Rice Krispies instead.
Thanksgiving can be unhealthy, what with all the food and sugary snacks. However, there are ways to make it a little more healthy, especially if you have young kids. For instance, using apples can be an easy way to get creative, and a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit, even if it is covered in chocolate.
To make the perfect apple pops, get yourself some large apples, as well as some caramel for drizzling. Then, to make things even better, crush some Oreos and pretzels and put them in a bowl, along with another bowl full of rainbow sprinkles. Finally, take a popsicle stick and attach it to the apple, then dip away, or at least let your kids do it.
8 Acorn Donuts
What's more Thanksgiving than acorns? A lot of things, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with them over the holidays. Yes, acorns are the symbol of fall and look quite pretty given the right lighting. Acorns are also great to mimic, with pumpkin pecan acorn bites one of the easiest things to make during Thanksgiving. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they also taste good, and can be lots of fun for your kids to make.
Firstly, buy a dozen glazed donut holes. Then, dunk the end of the donut holes into a mixture of melted chocolate and coconut oil. Finally, top the donut hole with some chopped peanuts and assorted sprinkles and fix a small pretzel stick on the top.
7 Apple Turkey
What is it about apples that make them so perfect for Thanksgiving? Yes, apples and turkeys go hand in hand over the holidays, so what better than to put them together? That's right, apple turkeys are a great way to have fun, all while encouraging your children to eat more healthily.
All you need is a few large apples, some toothpicks, a bowl of mini marshmallows, and some edible candy. The best thing about these apple turkeys is how cheap and easy they are to make, as well as how entertaining they can be for young children.
6 Pumpkin Pecan Bites
Pumpkin really is the vegetable of Thanksgiving, with pecan most definitely the nut. Therefore, it makes sense to put the two together, especially over the holidays. All you need is a regular size of spice cake mix, don't worry about teaching, it is Thanksgiving after all and there are too many other things to do.
Next, get yourself a large pumpkin, 3 large eggs, some pecan halves, canola oil, ground cinnamon, and some baking soda. Then, pour everything into a large bowl and beat for 2 to 3 minutes. Finally, fill some muffin cups and put a pecan on top, bake for 17-20 minutes and leave to cool.
5 Pumpkin Cookies
It wouldn't be a Thanksgiving list without a few Pumpkin recipes. Yes, love them or hate them, pumpkins are a staple over the holidays, especially Halloween and Thanksgiving. Plus, kids love them because they are messy and you can carve out their insides. Furthermore, pumpkin cookies are also a wonderful way to celebrate the season, and keep your little ones happy.
All you need are two eggs, some milk, a pumpkin (or canned pumpkin if you want to cheat), salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. And, if you really want to jazz them up a bit, whip up some cream cheese to put in the filling.
4 Cinnamon Chips
Cinnamon is the perfect spice for Thanksgiving and seemingly goes with everything and anything. So, why not indulge you and your kids in some cinnamon apple chips, that are not only healthy but super easy to make. All you need to do is grab a few apples, core them, then slice them into small circles. Next, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over the circles and put them in to bake.
The only downside is that they take quite a long time to bake due to the amount of time that it takes the apple to dehydrate. However, once it is done, there is no going back.
3 Turkey Cheese Belly
Now cheese might not be the healthiest thing in the world, but it certainly does the job as a quick snack, especially over Thanksgiving. To keep your kids cheap and cheerful over the manic stress of the holidays, why not get them to decorate their very own turkey cheese ball, otherwise known as a turkey cheese belly.
All you need is a big ball of soft cheese for the belly and a smaller one for the head. Then, decorate the turkey with dried nuts, pecans, or even dried fruit. Finally, add some crackers and veggie sticks around the plate, and make sure you create a convincing enough face for the cheese turkey.
2 Turkey Fruit Platter
These days, there are many children who hate the sight of fruit, and won't eat it unless it is heavily disguised as something else. Therefore, the turkey fruit platter is a wonderful way to trick children into eating copious amounts of fruit, all while having fun. Plus, not only is the turkey fruit platter healthy, but it is also fun to make.
Yes, your kids will have a blast rearranging the fruit so it looks like a turkey, and might even enjoy sneaking bits to eat in between. The platter can also with vegetables, especially with an added dip.
1 Leftover Turkey Subs
Is there anything better than a leftover turkey sub? Probably not. Therefore, it is extra important that you make you one, and let your kids enjoy what could be one of the best things they have ever tasted. The best leftover turkey sandwiches are the ones that are filled with everything. That's right, from turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and even potatoes, the sandwich must include as much as possible, to the point where it is physically difficult to fit in one's mouth.
Furthermore, not only is this fun to make for kids but it also teaches them to not waste food.