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Ideas for Kids Birthday Party's...Quick Easy and Cheap!
It is no secret kids love sweet things and often the sweeter the better. There is scientific evidence that children are born with a sweet tooth and it is a biological benefit. It makes sense that children prefer high calorie foods as they need those calories to support their rapid growth and food wasn’t always as abundant as it is today. Now I don’t recommend stuffing your child with candy, cookies and soft drinks daily, but the odd treat won’t hurt them as long as it is balanced with a proper nutritious diet. So here are some fun and easy treats you can surprise your child with, or let them join in the fun and help. Many of these treats would be perfect for a birthday party as well.
Chocolate Covered Bananas
Peel a ripe banana and cut it in half. Insert a popsicle stick up the fat part and dip in melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet roll in in chopped toasted nuts of your choice. You can let the kids enjoy them like that or if it is a hot summer day you can freeze them and then serve.
Candy Apple Slices
Cut a large apple into slices about one inch thick. Insert a popsicle stick and dip in melted caramel or chocolate or both. This is a more manageable snack than a whole apple.
Make a batch of sugar cookie dough (or cheat and buy ready made dough available in the refrigerated section at the supermarket). Form into one big giant round cookie and bake according to the recipe directions until very lightly browned. Don’t overcook or it will shatter when you try to slice your “pizza”. Spread the cookie with melted chocolate or chocolate icing. Sprinkle with Smarties or Skittles or the candy of your choice, raisins, toasted coconut or nuts, and drizzle melted white chocolate over the whole thing. Slice and serve.
Ice Cream Cone Bowls
Take ready made ice cream cones and dip the top half inch or so into a thin icing. Put colored sugar or sprinkles into a shallow bowl or plate and dip the moistened cone into the sugar or sprinkles (think of rimming a glass for a caesar). Let the cones dry and fill with a combination of dry cereal and assorted candy. For a birthday party you could wrap each one in cellophane and tie with a colourful bowl as give them out as party favours.
Stuffed Apple Slices
Take a large apple and core it leaving a generous hole. Make a mixture of peanut butter, raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries and chopped toasted nuts and stuff the hole with the peanut butter mixture. Put the apples in the fridge for an hour or so to help the stuffing set. Now slice the apple so the stuffing is in the center of the apple slices and serve. This treat is healthy as well as yummy!
Thread three marshmallows on a lollipop stick, popsicle stick or pretzel. The last marshmallow should not be pushed all the through as this is the caterpillars “head”. Dip the whole thing in melted chocolate. Create the caterpillars face by adhering to candies for eyes and create a smiling mouth with liquorice strings. You can also “pipe” a face on the caterpillar using icing. Decorate as you choose with chopped nuts, sprinkles or just serve plain. For a longer caterpillar use miniature marshmallows and thread six or seven on your stick.
Easy Fruit Dip
Slice apples, bananas, peaches or fruit of your choice. Serve with chocolate or Carmel sauce and let the kids dip and eat. You can buy chocolate sauce but here is a super quick and easy recipe.
One small can of sweetened evaporated milk
Put the evaporated mild in a saucepan and add enough regular milk to achieve the desired consistency. Carefully warm over medium heat and add chocolate to taste. Stir until the chocolate is melted and serve warm or cold. This also makes a wonderful topping for ice cream….homemade hot fudge Sundaes!
Use you favourite rice crispy square recipe, but use a colourful cereal such as fruit loops. While the mixture is still warm form into balls. Insert a popsicle stick and enjoy! You can also skip the stick and serve these in muffin paper cups. (Hint…you can also use popcorn instead of cereal).
Slide a popsicle stick into the icing part of an Oreo cookie, or other sandwich type cookie. That’s it! Cause everything tastes better on a stick! To make it extra special you could then dip it in melted chocolate and sprinkle it with colored sugar. For a fun center piece for a party you could tie ribbon around each stick and create a bow. Fill a clear bowl with your candy of choice and poke the cookie sticks in the candy. Now you have a cookie bouquet.
Slightly warm tortillas in a microwave for about five seconds until tortilla is soft. Fold in half and in half again. With scissors cut as many triangles or whatever shapes you like out of the folded tortilla (yes…just like the paper snowflakes you made as a child). Unfold your snowflake and brush with melted butter. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about five minutes or until lightly browned. Combine some icing sugar and cinnamon together. Using a sieve sprinkle the sugar mixture over the tortillas.
Colored Ice Cubes
Freeze Kool-Aid, fruit juice or colored water in an ice cube tray. When the cubes are frozen use in a clear soda such as seven up. There are also lots of fun ice cube trays available at dollar stores, Amazon and kitchen shops to make it even more fun. Pop in one of those twirly whirly straws to make it extra special. Here is a little hint for the grown ups in your home. Freeze white wine or beer into cubes and add them to your wine or beer. Your beverage will stay cool without watering it down.
So there you have it. And after all this sugar, remember to serve them carrots and broccoli for dinner!
Do you have any fun treat ideas for kids? Please share them with us in the comment section below!