CACFP Recipes for Fun!
Children are naturally bursting with excitement to explore. They grow and develop best when offered the freedom to learn through exploration and creativity. The recipes contained in this booklet are intended as building blocks for caregivers and adults to use to enhance children's creative exploration through readily available materials. The household supplies used these recipes are easy to find, simple to use, and fun to make into creations with children.
Try any of these recipes and liven up the day with your kids!
1/4 c. O-shaped cereal pieces
1 c. square-shaped cereal pieces
2 c. popcorn
2 c. melba crackers
3 c. pretzel twists
Put different number (from 1-10) of each ingredient into a resealable plastic bag.
Seal the bag and shake it to mix up the ingredients. Repeat for each bag.
Makes about 12 bags of Number Mix.
Orange Juice on the Go!
Several orange slices for each child
1 Ziploc bag per child
1 straw per child
Slice oranges for each child and have them put them inside their Ziploc bag. Close the bag and let the children squeeze the slices in the bag to produce orange juice. Open the bag just a bit at the corner. Place straw inside so they can drink the juice!
Peanut Butter Playdough
1 c. peanut butter
1 ½ c. powdered milk
½ c. honey
1. Mix the ingredients together in a medium size bowl.
1. Add raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows, or cheerios for decoration. Roll into granola, coconut, crushed graham crackers, etc.
2. Make sure to wash hands before playing with the dough.
3. Babies under 1 year should not eat the dough due to the honey.
4. Exercise caution as some of the ingredients are a choking hazard for toddlers and some children may have serious allergies to peanuts.
2T. butter or margarine
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Peel potatoes and cut in quarters. Place in a large pan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. Mash potatoes, then stir in butter, milk, and salt until smooth. Put potatoes in a greased 9-inch round or square baking pan. Use spoons, forks, or craft sticks to sculpt potatoes. Brush sculpted potatoes with egg white. Broil for 5 minutes, or until shiny and lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Makes 2 cups mashed potatoes.
milk, one glass for each food color
food coloring, variety of colors
bread, at least one piece for each child