These Peep Kabobs are fun Easter and springtime treats! They are quick and easy to make, and a great way to balance this festive treat with nutrient-dense foods.
Cooking with Kids
I absolutely love the idea of cooking with kids. There are many benefits of cooking with your kids. For example, when your kids help cook, it creates opportunity to expose kids to different food colors, textures, smells, and tastes, while teaching them important skills that foster independence. These fun Easter Peep Kabobs are perfect to engage kids in the kitchen. They are super simple and fun to assemble.
What you will Need
Pretzel sticks (I prefer pretzel sticks over real kabob sticks because real kabob sticks are sharp and thus can lead to injury)
Chopped fruit and/or vegetable - I used strawberries, but any fruit or vegetable that you have on hand that is soft enough to be pierced with a pretzel stick will work!
Cheese - I added a layer of Babybel Cheese, but you can use another food. My thinking behind the cheese is that it adds some protein and fat to round off the sugar from the peep and fruit, creating a more balanced snack.
Melon - I had some sliced honey dew melon leftover from the weekend so I used this for the base and told my kids that it was the "grass."
Put the pretzel stick onto a base (I used the melon) - this is optional. You can also just create a kabob using the pretzel and lay them flat on a plate.
Layer the pretzel stick with the foods you want to use. My layers were: cheese, strawberry, and the peep on top.
It's okay to let your kids get creative. My daughter and I made "peep sitting in the grass" (as described and pictured above) but my son made a "peep space robot" (pictured below)
Tell a fun story about the peep kabobs to your kids, and enjoy!
Note: My kids took 1-2 small bits of the peeps and moved on! They ate more strawberries and pretzels, and a little bit of cheese, than the actual candy. I enjoy seeing Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility in Feeding at work :)
Keep scrolling to see pictures of this fun food activity! It kept my kids busy for about 10 minutes.
This was my 5 year old son's version of a peep space robot :-)
Snapshot of the busy workers. This kept them entertained for about 10 minutes
Final results! I call them “peeps sitting in the grass.”
Have a hoppy Easter & enjoy the spring!