One of the activities from my spring crafts eBook is a nest snack that kids create out of peanut butter playdough and pretzel sticks. And then they eat it!
When the kids made these snacks the first time around, for the eBook, there wasn't any Easter candy in the stores yet, so we used pastel-colored marshmallows for the eggs in our nests. Once the Easter candy showed up in our grocery store, Maia started asking to make the nest snack again with real Easter candy. First it was chocolate eggs she wanted
But then she spied the Peeps.
I've never bought the poor kid Peeps. Not sure if that makes me a bad mom or a good mom.
But finally I said yes, sure, we can make the nest snack again with Peeps so that your nest will have a little bird in it.
Happy kid, let me tell you!
Pretzel Nests :: Creative Easter Snacks for Kids
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Pretzel sticks
- Oh, and don't forget your Easter candy! You can add chocolate eggs to your nests or use Peeps...
1. Measure the peanut butter, honey, and powdered sugar into a medium bowl.
2. Use an electric mixer to combine the peanut butter dough ingredients.
3. Divide the peanut butter dough among the kids (make 4-6 nests depending on size). Instruct the kids to roll the peanut butter into a ball and then press their thumb into the center, working it around the circumference to create a pinch pot.
4. Poke and press the pretzel sticks into the peanut butter pinch pot to act as twigs in the nest snack.
Note: When we did this the first time around, for the spring crafts eBook, the kids poked the pretzels in randomly, for a more natural nest look. This time, Maia and Stella chose to add the pretzels in radiating spokes on a much flatter nest.
5. Once the nest is complete, add a few little candy eggs or a marshmallow Peep.
6. Next, eat your nest snack, of course!
* The recipe for the peanut butter playdough is a little different here than in my eBook. We were out of a couple of the other ingredients, so reverted to the old standby recipe this time around. My eBook version calls for 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup powdered milk, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
This nest snack is one of many Easter and spring crafts and activities from The Artful Spring: Celebrate the Season & the Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts. If you'd like your own copy, you can buy it for $9.99 or you can get it for FREE if you preorder The Artful Parent book about children's art and creativity.