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8 Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they’ll never be bored.

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

Ah, summer. It’s such a fun time of year because the weather is nice, and there’s so much time to spend with your kids and family. We love getting outdoors, staying active, and enjoying each other’s company while we can!

Sometimes it can be hard to keep the kids entertained, though. Long days with nothing to do can get boring really quickly, so I always like to give my kids activities to do to keep their creativity flowing even while school is out.

I love all of these summer crafts for making with the kids; it’s great bonding time to create something together! They’ll have so much fun painting and making slime with their brothers & sisters or friends that they’ll never be bored during the summer again!

1. Edible Kool-Aid Slime

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

2. Paper Plate Star Wreath 

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

3. Squirt Gun Painting

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

4. Colorful Pour Pots

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

5. Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

6. 4th of July Fireworks Painting

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

7. Egg Carton Turtles

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

8. DIY Sidewalk Foam Paint

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids’ day! It’s fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh berries available. Especially here in Louisiana, where locally grown strawberries are ruby red and juicier than any fruit you’ll ever try. It makes me even more thankful to live in a place with such tasty food!

Since summer is basically just a time for me to figure out how to eat the most amount of berries I possibly can, I have to get creative with recipes. My favorite? Smoothies! I love freezing fresh berries and throwing them in the blender for creamy, refreshing smoothies.

This Triple Berry Smoothie is one of our favorites right now! Berries are a great source of antioxidants, so we have three types of berries in here for the nutrition punch. And the tastiness. :) Greek yogurt adds protein and creaminess, and you can even add a handful of spinach for extra nutrients.

You and your kids will love this refreshing Triple Berry Smoothie for breakfast or a snack on warm summer days!

Triple Berry Smoothie

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.
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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/4 cup raspberries, frozen
  • Handful of spinach (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.

 

6 One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They’re way better than any pretzel at the mall.

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

My daughter loves the soft pretzels sold at the mall so naturally, I made an easy homemade version just for her. I decided to make bites instead so they are perfect for snacking after school or packing in lunch boxes!

My kids beg me to make this soft pretzel bites recipe almost weekly. I don’t blame them, though! They’re soft, sweet, and the perfect size for little fingers.

Looking for more delicious snack recipes? Check out my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet – I know you’ll find something your kids will love!

You do have to wait for the dough to rise (the hardest part!), but most of the time spent on this recipe is hands-off, so you can go get other things done while you make it. It’s totally worth it though; just look at those beautiful bites of cinnamon-y sugar goodness!

My kids love when I sneak one or two of these in their lunch boxes as a special treat, and I also like to make a batch if we’re having a family night watching movie night or playing games. It’s a recipe I know everyone will enjoy!

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

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  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (100-110ºF, 35-45ºC)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (9 g) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups (375 g) bread flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon (18 g) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 8 cups water (1.8 L)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (110 g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Stir together warm water and yeast in a bowl and let stand for ten minutes to activate yeast.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, salt and brown sugar. Add softened butter and activated yeast with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides a few times to combine.
  3. Switch to the bread hook attachment and mix for about 5 minutes, dusting with a little more flour along the way to make sure it doesn’t stick to the walls of the bowl.
  4. Once the dough is elastic, remove it from the mixer bowl, form a ball, and transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and refrigerate overnight or, 2-3 hours in a warm spot.
  5. Heat oven to 450°F (230ºC) with racks in upper and lower third. Well oil 2 large baking sheets (about 17×12 inches, 43×30 centimeters). Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a 5-quart (946 ml) sauce pan.
  6. Punch down dough and divide into quarters. Form each quarter into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a 12 inch (30 centimeter) long rope. Cut each rope into six 2-inch (5 centimeter) pieces.
  7. Place a dozen pretzel bites and boil for 30 seconds, then transfer with a slotted spoon onto the oiled baking sheets.
  8. Bake pretzel bites in oven, switching sheets between racks and rotating sheets halfway through baking, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely toward end of baking; bites brown quickly in last few minutes). Immediately transfer pretzel bites to wire racks to cool.
  9. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush pretzel bites with melted butter, lightly dip into cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy.

 

32 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)

 

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

5 from 3 reviews

This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 bites
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

 

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