Friday, June 13, 2014

Easy Patriotic Kids' Snack

Can you believe the 4th of July is just around the corner! Where is this year going?

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!

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Aren't these just the cutest things?
Here's what you need to round up:

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

  • 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.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

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.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Of course, blue is with purple and red is with orange, so you'll need to find one of each.

Unroll the strips.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

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.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Peel off the thin strips of red and blue, and then discard eat the rest.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

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.)

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Lay the four pieces on the corner of the graham cracker and press them lightly into the icing.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Cut three pieces of red; two short lengths about the same as the blue, and a longer one the length of the graham cracker.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Lay the red strips on the graham cracker, spread apart enough to make some white stripes between. Press them lightly into the icing.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

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.)

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Your darling snack is all finished!

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

I just love how these turned out, and that they are simple enough for kids to make with little to no help.

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

Of course, adults might like to eat them, too. ;)

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

They certainly look festive at a 4th of July party!

Easy patriotic snack kids can make themselves! | Apples to Applique #RedWhiteandBlue #AmericanFlag #4thofJuly

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20 comments:

  1. Such a cute and easy idea. My kids will love this :)

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    1. And mom will love that it's easy enough for the kids to do! ;)

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  2. Wow! This is great! =) I will have to try this with my kiddos very soon.

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  3. WOW! This is such a sweet idea and it looks easy to make! I know kids will enjoy this...and grownups too! :)

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    1. Yes, I think adults will like them, too--I know I had fun making them! :)

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  4. These are super cute. I never would have thought to use those marshmallows!

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    1. Aren't the marshmallows fun? I love them.

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  5. Those are so cute! I wouldn't have thought to make something like this. :) Bet the kids would love it next month!

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    1. It's perfect for kids because they can do it themselves!

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  6. What fun! My girls would love these.

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  7. This is so cute. I think i might have to try this for the 4th of july in a few weeks

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    1. Haha, thanks! I think they're pretty cute, too. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing this idea - my grandchildren will love it!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww, your grandchildren are blessed to have a grandma that does fun things like this with them. :)

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