My friend Ashley is talking at MAPS this week, and her topic is entertainment and fun foods for kids. I wanted to send her a couple of ideas I've found, so I thought I'd share them here, too! These are a BIG hit with the kids, and so easy!
1. Hot dog "squid": Cut hot dog into chunks, poke hard spaghetti through, then boil until spaghetti is done. You can even add a little food coloring (like green) to the water, but be prepared that the hot dog turns a funny color. Kids seem to love crazy colors like that, but it's less appetizing to adults. :-) I've found that cutting a jumbo hot dog into 4-6 pieces, then breaking the spaghetti into 1/2 or 1/3, it makes the perfect size for the little hands at our dinner table.
2. Painted butterflies: Cut refrigerated biscuits in half, then let the kids "paint" them with a mixture of egg/small amount of water/food coloring. Bake as directed on biscuit container!
3. Pancake stacks: You've already seen this from the post about Sophie's birthday, but thought I'd add it to the list. What is it about stacked bite-size food that gets kids excited?! Sophie ate almost her entire stack, and usually only picks at a regular plate of pancakes. It's all in the presentation, I suppose?!
I'm sure Ashley has a ton of ideas like this, so I'll be posting more after her talk on Thursday!