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Looking at a long summer with the kids at home? They’ll need snacks and they’ll need entertainment—and these kid-friendly food crafts pull double duty.

Schools are closed, childcare has been suspended, and that means parents have added “full-time homeschool teacher” to their list of daily roles to fill. Summer is on the horizon, but with continued social distancing, that will likely just bring more of the same. Many of us are grasping at straws, trying to fill the days with something—anything.

If this is you, know that you’re not alone. This is an extremely challenging time for everyone but especially parents.

If you’re looking for fun activities to fill the time, try one of these 6 kid-friendly recipes that basically double as at-home art class. They’re guaranteed to make you and your kids smile, fill their little bellies, and kill a few hours.

Peanut Butter Cup Buggies

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Today’s activity: semi homemade PB cup buggies, all dressed up in their springtime 🐞🥜 finest. Mama did the piping and Poe helped with the mini chocolate chip dots and sprinkle decorations • For this activity, we used our Dark Chocolate Sea Salt @PerfectBar Refrigerated PB Cup stash (these keep so well in our freezer and are a perfect snack time nutrition/indulgence balance). You can find at Whole Foods, Target and online for delivery, but please use what you have available. PB Cups can be substituted with any smaller cookie or chocolate treat. If you don’t have red food gel, yellow can be used to make springtime sunshines ☀️ and uncolored white to make bunnies 🐰 and clouds ☁️ . They’ll be just as delicious! Here’s how to make them: ⁣ ⁣ Egg white, from 1 egg⁣ 1 cup confectioners’ sugar⁣ Red food gel⁣ 6 packs (12 total) @perfectbar Refrigerated PB Cups⁣ Mini chocolate chips, 24 candy eyes, red sprinkles⁣ ⁣ In an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat egg white until frothy. Gradually confectioners’ sugar mixing on low-speed unit sugar is incorporated, and frosting is shiny. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. 5 minutes. Fold in red food gel, until desired color is reached. ⁣ ⁣ Transfer frosting to a piping bag or large plastic bag, cutting off the smallest piece of a corner of your bag to use as a piping bag.⁣ ⁣ Holding your PB Cup steady, frost half the cup, similar to a half moon cookie, then make two frosting dots, where you’re planning on placing your lady bug’s eyes. Arrange eyes, chocolate chips, and sprinkles as desired, using this photo as a reference. Repeat with remaining cups. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until frosting sets. #itsjustperfect

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These adorable little treats are the perfect way to spend an hour or two. The base is a pre-made peanut butter cup and then all you have to do is decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips. Created by Tallula Alexandra, this Peanut Butter Cup Buggy recipe requires no baking or heat of any kind, making it quick, easy, and entertaining. Plus, you can refrigerate these buggies and have fun desserts on-hand for the next few days. Win-win.

Rainbow Fruit Kebabs

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that tastes as good as it looks—and uses up extra fruit you have laying around the house—try this Rainbow Fruit Kebab recipe from Like Mother, Like Daughter. These are best served fresh and you can use practically any fruit you have on hand, including grapes, bananas, berries, and pineapples.

While you make them, you can teach your kids facts about rainbows (brush up on your knowledge here), like how they’re formed, whether you can touch them, and why they’re so colorful. Later, you can even try making your own rainbow in your backyard or driveway.

Mini Jell-O Aquariums

Made with blue Jell-O and Nerds, these aren’t the healthiest recipe on this list but they’re a great way for your kids to dive into a super creative art project. You’ll need 4 half-pint Mason jars for your mini aquariums and an assortment of candies to create your underwater world. This Mini Jello Aquarium recipe was created by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and is best made right before sitting down on the couch to watch “Finding Nemo.”

Healthy Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie decorating is a perfect weekend activity, especially when the cookies are made with a lot less sugar than your standard recipe, like this Healthy Sugar Cookie recipe from Yummy Toddler Food. You can prepare the cookies yourself ahead of time and simply decorate them with your kids; or, if you’re OK with making a mess you can have them participate in the whole process. If you’re following a gluten-free or dairy-free diet there are substitution options in the recipe.

Related Reading: The Best Things to Cook & Bake with Your Kids

Easy Rice Krispies Pops

This Easy Rice Krispies Pops recipe from Passports and Parenting is, exactly as the name says, super easy to make. You can dig through your pantry and find any sprinkles or candy melts that have been left over from previous recipes. Then, let your kids go crazy with it. (There’s no such thing as too many sprinkles, right?) If you don’t have Rice Krispies on hand, don’t worry. You can use basically any cereal, including Cocoa Puffs, Cheerios, Fruity Pebbles, or Frosted Flakes.

Healthy Homemade Gummy Bears

It’s a scientific fact that all kids love gummy bears. Unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest and it’s easy for your child to scarf down a whole bag before you even know what’s happening. Enter: this Healthy Homemade Gummy Bear recipe from Kim’s Cravings, which is the perfect weekend project. Your kids will feel like mini scientists pipetting the gummy solution into the molds, which is guaranteed to fill up your afternoon. You can choose between apple, strawberry lemonade, and tart cherry flavor or use whatever you have on hand.

During this challenging time, all we can do as parents is try our best. When you’re feeling out of ideas, lean on these recipes for a quick and easy way to bond with your little ones over something fun and creative.

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