This week we’re sharing some of our favorite fall edible craft projects for kids — each of these requires little to no prep work, is easy enough to do with children as young as toddlers, and features healthy, diverse foods to make for a nourishing and yummy snack when you’re all done.
Have fun, friends!
This is as easy as it gets, folks — just peel a clementine and stick a cut celery stalk in the middle for the stem and voila, you’ve got an edible mini pumpkin!
If you have a slightly older child, you could also skip the peeling and the celery stalk stem and decorate whole clementines with Jack O'Lantern faces using a Sharpie — just make sure to let them dry before handling because the ink can and will smudge.
Note: This^ works with other citrus, too — swap in a tangerine or an orange if you want.
Skeleton: Use raw veggies to arrange a tray in the shape of a skeleton. Pair with a yogurt dip or homemade hummus for a dose of protein.
Pumpkin: Arrange baby carrots in a circle on a plate (or fill a bowl) and use other cut veggies (cucumbers, peppers, cherry tomatoes, etc.) to make a Jack O’Lantern face. Serve this up with hummus for dipping!
This might be a little more Halloween-themed than strictly autumnal, but sue me — kids really get a kick out of these cute apple monsters.
Quarter a green apple and cut out a thin middle slice for the mouth. Smear nut butter on the inside, and use a strawberry slice for a tongue and pumpkin or sunflower seeds for teeth. Some people use candy eyes, but we like the option to use banana slivers with a chocolate chip for the eyeballs.
These are so stinking cute and so stinking easy — spread nut butter on a rice cake to start, and position two thin apple slices on either side for the wings. At the top, place two banana slices with a blueberry on top for the eyes, and a little strawberry sliver just beneath for the nose. In the remaining space, sprinkle cereal, nuts, raisins, or seeds to fill out the “body.”
This one does require that you make energy bites ahead of time — but otherwise there is very little in terms of prep. To make energy bites, all you need to do is mix oats, nut butter, and some dates or banana in a food processor (possibly water to adjust the texture). If you’d like a recipe, here’s a good one.
You want to make sure you shape the energy bites into balls (these are going to be the acorns) rather than cookies, just a note. Spread nut butter just on the tops (if you want to, you could darken the hue by mixing in some baking cocoa) and push a pretzel stick in through the middle, and that’s it!
This is another super fun and easy project for a fall afternoon. Simply use pretzel sticks and berries to arrange a colorful edible fall foliage display on a tray or plate, and enjoy!
What are your favorite fall food crafts to work on with your kids?