With 3 months of vacation peeking over the horizon you are going to have kids looking to you for fun summer activities. If you want to keep the learning going while having a great time, book based fun is the way to go! You can create fun snacks, activities, and craft projects to support any book. If you have a little one who is mermaid crazed I have a fun one already put together for you in this 3 part post series.
This particular set is based on Three Little Mermaids by Paula Wiseman – this is a cute interactive board book, full of bright colors, whimsy and counting. But you can use any mermaid book that you already have on hand to implement these ideas. We are going to start off with some delicious and easy snacks that make the book come to life a bit ( and could have possibly been served at the tea party the mermaids in the book have planned) Make them all or just choose your favorites.
Mermaid Lagoon Limeade
Simple and refreshing for a hot summer day, this drink is so yummy that your little one will be begging to run a limeade stand this year instead of just plain old lemon!
Boil 1 cup of water, and stir in 3/4 cup granulated sugar until dissolved. Add another 2 cups of cold water. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. While your simple syrup is cooling, squeeze limes (4-5) to get 1/2 cup of lime juice, mix in. I did add 1 drop of neon green food coloring to make the color pop a bit more. Serve over ice, pop in a fun straw and enjoy!
Pretty Pearl Cookies
Pepperidge Farm Lemon Sweet and Simple cookies are perfect for creating an undersea snack that is treasured by your little mermaid. Spread the inside of 2 with pink frosting, pop a marshmallow in the middle and you have a sweet little oyster with a little pearl nestled inside. These make for a great snack and are simple enough that little hands can get in on making them too.
Fishy Trail Mix
I love using trail mix as a snack, the beauty of it is that you can use whatever you have on hand to make it. Cereal, nuts, dried fruit, gummy candy, crackers, chocolate chips, pretzels, anything smaller than bite size can be tossed together to make a fun themed snack. I used Trix, Swedish Fish, and cupcake flavored Goldfish crackers to create a quick treat for story time. You could also use Little mermaid gummy snacks, Whale crackers, shark gummy snacks, sour straws for seaweed, oyster crackers,etc… to fill up a little bowl.
Getting kids to eat their veggies isn’t always easy, but when you add a tasty dip and turn it into a fun shape you stand a much better chance of getting it inside their tummies. Turn a simple bell pepper into an octopus but cutting off about 2″ of the top for the head, and making 6 strips for the legs. Set it in the center of a small pool of ranch dressing and add these edible eyes (available in the cake decorating section of your store) to make him look even more real.
Enjoy!! Share your fun book themed snacks in the comments! 🙂