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Preschool Crafts: Fun With Food!

written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 1/5/2012

Preschoolers love to make things, and they love to eat, too. Try a fun preschool food craft as a great activity to help your child’s imagination run wild.

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    Making jewelry, sculptures, and paintings are fun, but what if you could eat the results? Choose a food craft suitable for preschoolers from this article, and your child will be able to do just that. Perfect for a preschool food theme.

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    Edible Jewelry

    Give children strands of thin licorice string and pieces of O-shaped cereal. (Colorful cereals are definitely more fun for most preschoolers, but you can use healthy cereals as well.) Show your preschooler how to thread the pieces of cereal onto the licorice to make a bracelet. If you have a long enough piece of licorice, she can even make a necklace. Tie the ends together, and let your child eat the rest of the ingredients.

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    Edible Playdough

    Mix a cup of flour, a half a cup of salt, 3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar, and a package of powdered fruit punch in a saucepan. Mix together a cup of water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and slowly pour the second mixture into the first, over medium heat. The mixture will eventually take on a doughy texture. Remove the mixture from the heat, and knead it until it is cool enough for preschoolers to use. Then let the kids loose, and watch them create sculptures, buildings, or other fun creations.

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    Edible Finger Paint

    Don’t have any finger paint available? Make your own! Mix two cups of cornstarch with 8 cups of water. Boil the mixture until it thickens. Let it cool, and divide it into four different containers. Then add different colors of liquid food coloring to make each container a different color. Let your preschooler paint away! (Add a bit of sugar if you’d like her to be able to lick her fingers at the end.)

    Make sure to let your child eat his creation after he’s done. After all, enjoying the results is one of the best parts of making a preschool food craft!