What’s better than art in the afternoon? Art that doubles as a snack! Before you start shaking in your boots, throw those crazy food art creations you’ve seen on Instagram out the window. We’re talking easy projects that kids can actually do (then eat, of course!). From jello and playdough to veggies and pizza we’ve rounded up 14 cool edible arts and crafts that are sure to make your afternoon playtime as easy as pie.
photo: Nikki Walsh
1. Painted Toast
The greatest thing we’ve seen since sliced bread is… painted toast. This simple edible artwork is quick to whip up. Pour milk into cups. Add a few drops of food coloring. Littles can mix food coloring to make more colors (2 blue + 2 red = purple). Paint, toast and eat.
photo: The Seasoned Mom
2. Snack Necklaces
Threading things on a string never looked so sweet. Not only will little minds work on hand-eye coordination, kiddos will get a kick of walking around with their food. We love this easy, boredom-busting activity from Blair Lonergan. Get the details at The Seasoned Mom.
photo: Little Hiccups
3. Hand Drawn Cookies
Honing our little Picasso’s fine motor skills is something we’re sweet on. Your adorable artist will be tickled pink to paint a face and eat it too. Grab some cookie dough and roll on over for the how-to by Sally Mason at Little Hiccups.
photo: Pink Stripey Socks
4. Tortilla Art
Let the wee ones get creative with corn tortillas and a leafy lettuce paintbrush. Simple to set-up—with just tortilla, lettuce, spoon, straw and food coloring–small hands can poke and paint without restraint. You’ll appreciate the easy everyday kitchen food used as supplies. Leslie of Pink Stripey Socks fills in the details for this totally terrific tortilla treat.
photo: Toddler Approved
5. Train-themed Treats
All aboard for an edible train activity little engineers can build, then eat. This creative craft scores low on the messiness scale, and it can be made with pantry staples (we like to add in bananas and cheese slices). Sounds like a chew-chew-able good time! Toot, toot on over to Toddler Approved for the details of this transportation creation.
photo: A Little Pinch of Perfect
6. Jello Jigglers
A creative canvas to for scribbling that’s still scrumptious enough to eat? Drop food color on jiggling gelatin and watch your littles swish, swirl, paint and giggle with delight. It’s another amazing art activity from Katie Pinch over at A Little Pinch of Perfect.
photo: Almost Unschoolers
7. Gummy Creations
Sweet… squeeze bottles. Kids will love to make (and eat) this amazing squirt-able art. All you need is Jell-O, gelatin and squeeze bottles. The setup for this painting palooza is a little more involved so get the know-how from Leah Johnson of Almost Unschoolers, who has perfected these gummy creations.
photo: La Maison de Loulou
8. Edible Play Dough
Want to make cool colorful playdough that’s edible, too? Crafter Marie-Laure of La Maison de Loulou rolls together fun from the kitchen (rice cereal, vegetable oil, cornstarch, applesauce and food coloring). Just add pretty props and you have sweet shop playtime— you won’t mind if the kiddos nibble these sweet treats! Find the recipe here.
photo: Mama Pea Pod
9. Jelly Monsters
It’s green, it’s slimy, it’s gelatin. Think Frankenstein with a gooey grin. You’ll love the easy setup (the only ingredients are gelatin, icing and sprinkles) and your budding artist will love getting to paint, then eat, this jiggling goo. Go to Mama Pea Pod for tips and tricks for this monster mash.
photo: The Purposeful Mom
10. Campfire Snack
A little to cold outside for camping? No problem. Your junior park rangers can build an indoor campfire and eat it too. Jenn Thorson, The Purposeful Mom creates this craft with grapes, pretzels, cheese and carrots. Get the details on this (hot) healthy snack, here.
photo: How About Cookie
11. Oatmeal Art
This bearishly sweet oatmeal is a great way to a healthy breakfast. Just slice bananas, add blueberries and your little cub can create cute furry faces that make the morning meal fun Mom (and Red Tricycle writer!) Selena Khong at How About Cookie is the creative mind behind these appetizing animal critters, check out more of her ideas here.
photo: Project Denneler
12. Edible Photo Face
It’s super easy to re-create these photo face plates, which add character to everyone’s face while adding laughter to the afternoon, all in one bite. An egg-cellent idea created by Susan Denneler for snack time, if don’t say so ourselves. Go here for a terrific tutorial.
13. Quilt Pizza
Sew… want to make a fabulously fun quilt pizza? Kiddos will love the fact they get to create, then eat their masterpiece— you’ll get to sneak in a few extra veggie servings. All that’s needed is pizza dough, sauce, cheese and toppings (lots of toppings). Head on over to Weelicious for the finer points of (pizza) quilt making imagined by Catherine McCord.
photo: Itsy Bitsy Foodies
14. Mr. Baked Potato Head
This cool craft created by food whiz Kelsey Hills over at Itsy Bitsy Foodies keeps finicky fingers active (it’s fine motor friendly) and makes food fun. Bake a few potatoes, cut up greens, reds and yellows, and you have an easy activity that’s healthy too!
What edible art or craft do you do? Share with us in the comments!