There are crafts that children do with glue, markers and sparkles, and there are crafts you can create with your children in the kitchen. I find creativity is a wonderful thing when you are having some one-on-one time with youngsters, be it grandchildren, your own brood, or when you are babysitting someone else’s kids. The same can be said for cooking in the classroom.
Here is one of the cutest, easiest edible crafts for any child over the age of 3 years (because of the little “umbrella”) that has been sent to me by friends. Please note my other suggestions at the end of the recipe, and I just realized that this could also be adorable with gummy bears! It’s so appropriate for this time of year. It’s simply called:
Bears at the Beach
- 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
- 2-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
- 6 drops blue food coloring
- 1/2 cup HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 48 TEDDY GRAHAMS Graham Snacks
- 24 JET-PUFFED FUNMALLOWS Miniature Marshmallows
PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 15 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
REMOVE 1-1/4 cups COOL WHIP; set aside. Tint remaining COOL WHIP with food coloring. Spread top of each cupcake with some of each color COOL WHIP to resemble the ocean and its beach. Sprinkle 1 tsp. graham crumbs over white COOL WHIP on each cupcake for sand.
INSERT 1 small cocktail umbrella into beach area on each cupcake for the beach umbrella. Decorate cupcakes with remaining ingredients as shown in photo. Keep refrigerated.
** PLEASE NOTE: This could be adapted to any seaon. Imagine a Halloween scene with little candy pumpkins, black licorice cats and marshmallow ghosts; a Thanksgiving cupcake with candy corn in various colors and marshmallow turkeys with fall colored icing; Christmas could feature “snow” and little Christmas trees (fashioned from spearmint leaf candies) and tiny “gifts” on toothpicks; Easter could be in pastels with peeps, little chocolate bunnies or other decorations; Valentine cupcakes could be all pink, red and white with little heart sprinkles or nonpareils. The possibilities are almost endless!
Since I understand she originally got this from Kraft, here are some of their tips:
Spoon each color of COOL WHIP into separate resealable plastic bag; cut small corner off bottom of each bag. Use to squeeze COOL WHIP from bag to frost cupcakes.
Flatten additional marshmallows with rolling pin to resemble beach towels. Or, cut wide, soft candy ribbon into pieces to resemble towels