Summertime is family time for many parents and children around the globe. Finding activities to do together can pose a challenge, but there are plenty of ways to make summer fun for the whole family without having to plan an extravagant vacation or zap your family’s budget.
One of my family’s favorite things to do together is cook, whether it’s an entrée, side item, dessert, or a bedtime snack. When everyone cooks together, kids are less likely to turn their nose up at the food on their plate, and it’s a great opportunity to teach basic kitchen safety rules like handwashing and age-appropriate kitchen chores.
Here are a few out-of-this-world treats you can make with your family. The best part is that they’re healthier than sugary cakes and candies!
Star Cheese Treats
Star Cheese – These are so easy that family members of all ages can help make them. All you need is astar-shaped cookie cutter, and cheese slices. Save the excess cheese for tiny sandwiches like sliders or for recipes that call for melted cheese. You could also add hard-boiled egg planets and bacon rockets for breakfast or use the star-shaped cookie cutter to cut stars out of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Marshmallow & Pretzel Constellations Treats
2. Marshmallow & Pretzel Constellations – This recipe calls for two ingredients – mini-marshmallows and pretzel sticks. Once you have those, stick pretzels into the marshmallows to recreate your favorite constellations, or create new ones! For a fun twist, look for mini-marshmallows in your family’s favorite colors, or have a constellation contest to see who can create the biggest, the one with the most unique name, and other accolades.
Moon and Stars Salad
3. Moon and Stars Salad – This recipe is so much fun and can be enjoyed during any meal of the day or for a snack. All you need is starfruit and fruit that can be cut into round slices (like bananas and kiwi) or crescents (such as mandarin orange or apple slices) and berries. Serve the ingredients in individual bowls in the center of the table or kitchen island and encourage your family members to make their own delicious universe. Be sure to add berry meteorites and a whipped cream constellation.
In a Space Themed Mood?
If these treats have got you thinking about space, why not complete the space theme activities with my space coloring book and space activity book. These books are great to pair with your space themed treats for a afternoon snack or for a birthday party.
The Ultimate Space Coloring Book For Kids contains 50 drawings of planets, rockets, astronauts, aliens, spaceships and more and will entertain your child for hours, unleashing their creativity.
Coloring offers benefits to every generation of your family. The physical benefits can include improved motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The Ultimate Space Activity Book For Kids, formatted similar to the coloring book, contains 50 activities including word searches, mazes, dot-to-dots, find the differences, color and cut, coloring and more.
Great for home or the classroom, or as a gift idea, Christmas gift, stocking filler or perfect when paired with some crayon or coloring pencils.