What’s in your Edible Art Toolkit?
Decorating and then eating the art project is great fun for children, as well as a creative stimulator.
Savvy shoppers capitalize on sales to make sure that they have stables that kids can use to make edible art projects. Cookies, cupcakes and other edible craft items are a delight to make and eat. Children can open up their creativity to make things the way they see them. Parents who have trouble getting their kids to try different food items can make fun shapes and crafts to encourage picky eaters to try new foods
One of my first projects as a pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant was having the students make ants on a log. I cut up celery and carrots for the log and then added peanut butter or cream cheese. The ants were raisins or craisins (dried and sweetened cranberries). I used plastic knives and supervised the students for safety reasons. They were delighted to make and then eat their projects. This was a very simple, healthy and inexpensive project.
Sprinkles, marshmallow, popsicle sticks, shaped candies and crackers are other great ideas edible art projects.
Chocolate disks in various flavors and colors (found at craft stores) can be melted to design edible crafts. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are great times to pick-up discounted sprinkles, candy and marshmallows. Many of the craft stores run specials and offer coupons so that parents can pick up molds in various shapes, popsicle sticks, cookie cutters, baking tins and candies.
Start building your edible art toolkit all year-round and you will find you have lots of supplies on hand to make attractive and delicious crafts.