There are so many fun patriotic food ideas floating around Pinterest and the blogosphere right now, so of course I had to make my contribution to that. :) But unlike a lot of the ideas out there that require a lot of time and work, this one is easy enough for kids to make for themselves!
Aren't these just the cutest things?
Here's what you need to round up:
- Graham crackers (I bought Walmart's Great Value brand and they were in the full rectangles instead of the squares. The rectangles are ideal for this snack.)
- Red and blue fruit leather
- Vanilla frosting
- Star-shaped marshmallows
Spread some icing on a graham cracker.
Get out the fruit leather. Red seemed to be abundant, but I had the hardest time finding just plain blue; everything was tie-dyed or had tongue tattoos on it, which I'm sure kids love, but it doesn't work so well for things like this. I finally ended up using these new "flavor mixers" kinds. They have two different flavors on each strip.
Of course, blue is with purple and red is with orange, so you'll need to find one of each.
Unroll the strips.
They come already cut down the middle, but mine were cut off-centered, so I just trimmed off the extra color I didn't want with a butter knife. It was really easy and cut perfectly.
Peel off the thin strips of red and blue, and then
Cut 4 strips of blue about half the length of the graham cracker. (Or, if you were lucky enough to find solid pieces of blue fruit leather, just cut out a square.)
Lay the four pieces on the corner of the graham cracker and press them lightly into the icing.
Cut three pieces of red; two short lengths about the same as the blue, and a longer one the length of the graham cracker.
Lay the red strips on the graham cracker, spread apart enough to make some white stripes between. Press them lightly into the icing.
Put a small bit of icing on the bottom of a white star marshmallow and stick it in the center of the blue square. (I actually cut the marshmallow in half so it wasn't quite as tall, and then just used the sticky insides to attach it to the graham cracker, but if you can't cut the marshmallow without smashing it, just use the whole thing.)
Your darling snack is all finished!
I just love how these turned out, and that they are simple enough for kids to make with little to no help.
Of course, adults might like to eat them, too. ;)
They certainly look festive at a 4th of July party!
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