As we explored different trees outside and learned about the different parts of trees, I wanted the kids to be able to make their own models of a tree. To make it fun, we played with our food a bit and created this easy tree snack for kids.
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We started with a few different kinds of pretzels. To begin with I showed the kids this plate and we talked about the differences between the different kinds of pretzels. Then I encouraged them to think about which parts of the tree each kind of pretzel could represent.
Next I showed them this plate of grapes. I cut them in half so they would lay flat and not roll off the table when the kids were creating. It didn’t take the kids long to decide which part of the tree the grapes would represent.
Next I put some wax paper out along the counter. I wanted them to have plenty of space to create their trees.
Lovey was very proud of her creation, and I was proud of the way she told me all about the parts of the tree she used to build it.
Do you think your kids would enjoy making their own tree snacks? It would be a quick and healthy snack even if you weren’t working on a tree theme.
More Creative Tree Snacks
Shortly after we made our snacks here at home I came across these awesome ideas from two very creative ladies. You might be able to create your own snack forest!
Cucumber and Pretzels Tree Snack from Meet the Dubiens
Broccoli and Pretzel Tree from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Matching Tree Activity
2) Colorful Trees Sorting Mats
3) Tree Color Word Building Mats
4) Tree Addition Game
5) Tree Beginning Sound Sort (for sounds /t/, /r/, and short /e/)
6) Tree Dice Game
7) Uppercase Tree Alphabet Cards
8) Lowercase Fruits, Seeds, and Flowers Alphabet Cards
9) 0-35 Tree Number Cards
10) Shape Cards (for hands-on shape activities)
11) Tree Word Family Sort (for -an, -op, -it, and -ug)
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Find more ideas for learning about trees on my Letter T Pinterest Board.
Great post and snack idea! I love making snacks educational, and making learning fun! I’ll share this at my blog A Mom Life.
I just love how you’ve extended the knowledge of trees into a fun, healthy snack. You know the kiddos are really going to remember this experience! Thanks for sharing, and I’m featuring this post over at Stress-Free Sunday. Hope your weekend is going well. 🙂
Thank you, Mary Catherine. You’re right the kids really do remember the details we learned through this activity. Thanks so much for featuring this post.
I like the combination of snack and lesson, what a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!
LOVE this! I’ve seen it pinned already 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
Colleen at http://www.sugaraunts.com
This is SO cute! Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow!
Thank you!! Cute, simple, and some learning along the way…we loved it!
I think i have already told you on FB that i love this little tree activity but also wanted to let you know my twins had so much fun with it and i am featuring it on my Kid’s Co-Op post this week 🙂 http://mummymusingsandmayhem.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/weekly-kids-co-op-toddler-food-finds.html
I’m so glad to twins had fun with this!!! Thanks for featuring the post this week.
I love it! What a fun way to play with your food!
Thanks! Sometimes it’s fun to break the rules 😉
How adorable! Featuring you this week on Mom’s Library!
Thank you so much for featuring this post, Ashley!
maggy, red ted art
BRILLIANT!! What simple and fun and looks great!!!
Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
Oh my goodness! These are just the cutest! I love ’em. We have green grapes cut in half almost every day for snack. Now I just need to pick up some pretzels!
Thanks, Jackie! I think the simplicity is the thing I love best about this snack. Hope your kiddos have fun with it!
cute! that creativity is amazing to me. I can’t think of things like that. The ladybug I did a few weeks ago took me a whole week to figure out LOL hope you come and share this on #kidsinthekitchen http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/05/homemade-versus-store-bought-kidsinthekitchen.html
I don’t know if I can take credit for the creativity. Learning about the parts of trees originally gave me the idea! Glad to share over at #kidsinthekitchen.
Tara from The Magnolia Barn
What a wonderful way to make snack time healthy and fun! So cute.
Thank you! I’m glad you like the idea.
That is such a cute and healthy idea! This will be something I will keep in mind for when I have my own classroom!
Thank you! I hope you get to use it one day. And good luck with that classroom…the first years of teaching are so memorable!
Really cute. My grandchildren would love this…and it’s healthy too. Thanks for the creative idea.
Thank you! I love that it’s a health snack that kids can have fun making. I hope you can try it out with your grandchildren soon.
This is so cute! My kiddos would love this. I think I might even do it outside with them so they can look at the tree in our backyard for inspiration. 🙂
Kirstylee, that is a fantastic idea! I bet my kids would like to try the activity again sitting outside. Thanks for the suggestion!
Jessica @ Play Trains!
The Little Engineer loves both grapes and pretzels. THANK YOU.
I love when snacks can be simple, fun, and healthy! Glad Little Engineer would love this one!
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
What a fun snack. We will definitely do this!