The nutritional value of apples makes them a healthy snack for kids. If your children are bored with plain apple slices, use a little creativity to give the fruit more appeal. Kids can help make the apple snacks, creating a child-friendly activity for any day of the week.
Baking an apple gives it a different texture and flavor, offering your child a new experience at snack time. Cooking apples, such as Golden Delicious, Jonagold or Rome Beauties are good choices for baking. Experiment with other apple varieties if you prefer something different. Core the apples and then fill them with a sugar and cinnamon mixture, or use other filling options such as nuts and raisins. Place the apples in a pan filled with a small amount of boiling water. Bake them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes. To serve, spoon some of the pan juices over the apples.
Dipped Apple Wedges
Dipped apple wedges are a simplified version of traditional caramel or candied apples. Cut the apple into wedges with the cores removed. Use can also use a melon baller to cut out rounded pieces of apple for the snack if you prefer. Place a sucker stick into each apple wedge or ball as a holder. Dip the apples in melted chocolate or caramel sauce. Add candy sprinkles, nuts, coconut or other toppings to finish off the treat.
Mini Apple Pies
Refrigerated pie crusts make mini apple pies an easy snack. You can also purchase mini pie crusts in pie pans. Fill the crust with canned apple pie filling. Roll out additional pie crust and cut it with a circle cookie cutter to make the top crust. Another option is to cut strips of pie crust to make a basket-weave pattern on the top. Bake the mini apple pies at 350 F until the crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Use two red apple slices for the lips of an edible mouth. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice. Let the kids place miniature marshmallows along the skin-side edge of one of the slices to create the teeth. The peanut putter will hold the marshmallows in place. Cover the marshmallows with the other apple slice to form the mouth.
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.