Sunday, February 7, 2010
Fun Recipes for Kids - Great for Snow Days!
The Washington DC area just experienced the 'Snowpocalypse', where Loudoun received a whopping 34.5 inches of snow. Coming amongst the snowiest winter we've ever had, and this being our second blizzard of the year, many local school systems have used up all their snow days. Loudoun County schools were out last Monday for a teacher workday, and Friday for a snow day, and the county made the call on Saturday that there would be no school Monday or Tuesday. And, guess what? There's more snow in the forecast for Tuesday night. Oh, my! Children and their parents are getting cabin fever, big time. So, this post is dedicated to you!
These are a few fun recipes that I like to pull out on snow days to help keep them 'special'. (They are all light on the cooking and ingredients and heavy on the fun.) These are 'craft-like' recipes that will entertain kids for a while! (A couple are healthy, too.)
What could be simpler? If you have leftover snowcone syrups on hand, just grab a bowl of snow and a spoon and add your favorite syrup! No leftover syrups? Use condensed frozen (thaw them first) fruit juices or punches, or even use powdered KoolAir or other drink mixes!
SNOW ICE CREAM:
Give the kids mini-marshmallows and toothpicks and demonstrate how to 'build' a snowflake. After that, they will use their imaginations and make all kinds of things - houses, satellites, whatever. The point is it is a craft and a snack!!
Melt baking chips - milk chocolate, peanut butter, white chocolate. Cut up your favorite fruit - bananas, any kind of berry, or anything that 'fits your fancy'. Let the kids dip their fruit in the melted chips. For added fun, let them roll the fruit in sprinkles or chopped nuts. I am such a sneaky mom! I trick my kids into eating fruit. You can also do this with large marshmallows or cookies (like store bought Oreos, chocolate chips, Nutter Butters, etc.).
Don't forget how much fun fondue can be. No, you don't need a fancy pot. Just melt your favorite cheese with some milk and use skewers (forks if you don't have skewers) and dip in your favorite veggies, chicken or other meat.
Hope something in here gives your next Snow Day a new twist!! Be sure and read the other Snow Day Activities posted a couple days ago. It looks like you're gonna need them.... I hear that there's more snow on Tuesday. I have heard rumors of anything from 5 to 10 inches. Sigh.