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Kiddie Crafts: Bug snacks

Filed Under: food, kids, Kiddie Crafts

bug snack made out of dried fruit
The arrival of Chirp magazine is a happy day in our house. Each month, we pore over the pages of stories, games, and activities. With every issue, there is at least one project that we just have to try. This month, Chirp has us making Bug Snacks.

All you need are some pieces of dried fruit, and a handful of toothpicks. Let your children experiment, making different creepy-crawlies and other creations. This is one kids' activity that you won't just want to supervise; dig in and make some snacks of your own.

We started out making bugs, but with my Kiddie Crafters as creative directors, the possibilities were endless. Check out the gallery to see what we made, then follow me through the break for more ideas.

Bug snacks(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Dragon flyCaterpillaranother Bird

You hardly need a set of instructions for these snacks, and I'd suggest letting the kids take the lead anyway. But if you're an instruction lover, here's how to make a couple of bug snacks:

The dragonfly
  1. Use a piece of mango or cantaloupe for the body.
  2. Poke a toothpick through the body and add on pineapple wings.
  3. Make the head out of a dried plum, cherry tomato, or apricot.
  4. Add little raisin eyes.
The spider
  1. Choose something circular for the body. Apricot or round ginger both work well.
  2. Poke 4 toothpicks right through the body, coming out the other side.
  3. Put a raisin on the end of each toothpick.
  4. Add little raisin eyes.
This gallery shows you how each of these little guys were made. Don't worry if you can't find the exact same type of fruit, because what you're really looking for is the right shape.

How to make a dragonfly and spider snack(click thumbnails to view gallery)

The DragonflyPoke on the pineapple wingsCherry tomato headThe finished dragonflyThe spider

If your world of dried fruit consists mostly of raisins, apples, and apricots, you're not alone. I had no idea about the huge varieties that are available. My boys and I had a total blast wandering around the Mr. Ginger store and discovering all the new and interesting fruits we hadn't tried (dried, at least). We ended up not limiting our search to fruit, but to anything that the boys though were worthy of their bug snacks. Here's a list of what made its way into our shopping basket:
  • mango
  • guava
  • strawberry plums
  • ginger
  • cherry tomatoes
  • pineapples
  • shredded plums
  • raisins
  • lemons
  • prunes
Some things were obvious, like the pineapple that looked just like a pineapple, but others weren't quite so straightforward. Check out this gallery to see the items we used and a few added ones that you might like to try. Next time I would add dried cherries, blueberries and cranberries to the list.

Dried fruit(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Dried figsDried prunesDried mangoDried guavaDried plum (sugar coated)

This is an open-ended project that uses no materials, makes no mess, and best of all, it's consumable (because you can only have so many Kiddie Crafts on display). I knew that my boys would like particular fruits, but they surprised me with their adventurous spirits, trying each of their creations.

The purpose of this little project was to let the children use their imaginations, and be their own snack chefs. This might be just the training they need toward competitive food carving!

Have your own snack time ideas? We'd love it if you shared them in the comments.


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