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Fun Fourth of July Recipes for Kids

Updated on July 23, 2012

America the Beautiful Bagels

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Start the patriotic holiday off with these red, white, and blue bagels.Toast bagels and cool about 30 seconds before spreading with cream cheese.Cover tops of bagels completely with cream cheese.Decorate with the dried blueberries first.Fill plastic ziploc bag with jelly and clip bottom corner to use as a pastry bag.  Pipe jelly onto bagel in stripes to complete decoration.Ready to eat!
Start the patriotic holiday off with these red, white, and blue bagels.
Start the patriotic holiday off with these red, white, and blue bagels.
Toast bagels and cool about 30 seconds before spreading with cream cheese.
Toast bagels and cool about 30 seconds before spreading with cream cheese.
Cover tops of bagels completely with cream cheese.
Cover tops of bagels completely with cream cheese.
Decorate with the dried blueberries first.
Decorate with the dried blueberries first.
Fill plastic ziploc bag with jelly and clip bottom corner to use as a pastry bag.  Pipe jelly onto bagel in stripes to complete decoration.
Fill plastic ziploc bag with jelly and clip bottom corner to use as a pastry bag. Pipe jelly onto bagel in stripes to complete decoration.
Ready to eat!
Ready to eat!

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5 stars from 2 ratings of America the Beautiful Bagels

Ingredients

  • bagels or bagel thins, sliced
  • cream cheese, soft
  • red jelly, strawberry or raspberry
  • dried blueberries

Instructions

  1. Fill a small plastic ziploc bag with red jelly and clip off the end of one bottom corner so you will be able to pipe the jelly out.
  2. Toast sliced bagels and let cool about 30 seconds.
  3. Spread plain cream cheese on top of bagels.
  4. Decorate with dried blueberries first to create a flag, stripes, or other design.
  5. Complete the decoration by piping the red jelly into stripes.
  6. Tip: Make sure your red jelly is smooth, without lumps of fruit.
  7. Tip: Use a blueberry bagel for an additional blue color and taste.

4th of July Recipes for Kids

Whether you are celebrating Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Flag Day, or another American patriotic occasion, kids will have fun making these tasty and easy recipes. Start the holiday off with America the Beautiful Bagels which are colorful and delicious. Have a Patriotic Parfait party creating red, white, and blue layers of fruit and yogurt for a healthy dessert or snack. Even the most basic snack of chips and salsa can be transformed to fit the occasion. Enjoy these healthy and fun-to-make snacks!

Patriotic Parfait

Healthy fruit and yogurt parfait.
Healthy fruit and yogurt parfait.

Parfait Buffet

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Fourth of July Desserts: Patriotic Parfait

Making this elegant recipe is loads of fun if you set up a parfait-making station with a variety of foods to choose. Set up a "parfait buffet" and let the kids pick and prepare their own layers. We used a red and white tablecloth and set out small bowls and plates for the different mix-ins. Try some of these fun and healthy ingredients for your red, white, and blue parfaits:

  • strawberries (sliced), blueberries, raspberries
  • peaches, peeled and sliced
  • vanilla Greek yogurt
  • white pudding such as cheesecake flavor
  • angel food cake, cubed
  • dried fruit - blueberry, strawberry, cherry
  • chopped nuts - walnuts, pecans, or peanuts
  • crushed pretzels
  • granola

Tips: Crushed pretzels are best as a crunchy topping only - they will get soggy otherwise. Tall clear glasses work best so kids can see the colorful layers. You may need a long spoon to reach the bottom!

Red, White, and Blue Chips and Salsa

Red, White, and Blue Chips and Salsa

What can be easier than chips and salsa for a healthy patriotic snack or appetizer? Blue corn tortilla chips are easy to find at the grocery store and look great mixed with some white tortilla chips. You can find bags of red, white and blue chips, but there are some children allergic to red dye if that is used to color the chips. I prefer to use the blue and white chips with the red salsa. A star-shaped dollop of sour cream in the center of the salsa brings the theme together. Use a star-shaped stencil to create the white star.

This simple recipe is perfect for kids and adults as well. They make a great addition to my Fourth of July Cheese Quesadilla Stars.

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      mwilliams66 6 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      What a fun idea for kids. My grandmother would cook with me when I was young Those times are some of my fondest childhood memories so I have always looked for fun food projects to do with the kids. Your ideas are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I want one of each! Those bagels are so adorable and too cute to eat. I am making these with my grandkids next visit.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      I am *so* going to make those bagels on 4th of July morning for my kids. I think that I will even add Happy Birthday for my son since it is his birthday that day. Great ideas!

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Claudia. You are right - even toddlers and preschoolers can do some version of these recipes. It is never too young to start in the kitchen!

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      I love hub recipes that encourage kids to cook. This one is a great one because it can be done by very young children. Thanks for sharing your fun creative ideas.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Angela. These are very easy for kids of all ages.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Yummy!!

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      Angela Brummer 6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very cut and doable! Making me hungry! Thank you!

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