Frog-themed snacks aren't just for birthday parties. They can also enliven a science unit in school or even just a springtime after-school snack, when the spring peepers are peeping. Get your children involved by letting them assemble the snacks themselves. It's easier than it looks.
Set olives on toothpicks into any sandwich on a bun, and you're halfway to a cute frog snack. Add a strip of red bell pepper or a long slice of cucumber between the bread halves for a tongue, and you're finished. Try this with a tuna or egg salad for the best match of flavors, although this can also be accomplished with a simple sandwich of cold cuts.
Sandwich Cookie Ribbits
For this simple treat, you need a sandwich cookie, a batch of frosting, some pretzels and candy-covered chocolates. The cookie forms the body of the frog; place two pretzels underneath for "feet" and attach them with frosting. The chocolates form the "eyes" and are placed on top of the cookie and secured with a dab of frosting. Your child will have as much fun assembling the treats as she will licking her fingers clean of excess frosting.
Funny Frog Faces
A little food coloring is almost all that you need to turn a bagel or an English muffin into a funny frog's face. Tint a batch of whipped cream cheese green with the food coloring; then spread onto the bagel. Add banana slices for eyes, with chocolate chips for the pupils, and add a strip of red fruit leather for the tongue. You can achieve a similar effect for cupcakes with green-tinted frosting, candy eyes and a licorice stick for the tongue. Once you've tinted the frosting or cream cheese, you can let your child do the rest.
Another easy way to produce frog-themed snacks with your child is to invest in a set of frog-shaped cookie cutters. You can use these to form sugar cookies -- add a little green sugar for decoration -- but don't limit yourself to sweets. Sandwiches can be cut into frog shapes, too, as can slices of cold cuts and cheese without the bread.
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