Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kiddy Snack of the Week: Candy Christmas Trees

I forgot to post a snack last Friday. In the spirit of Christmas, this wasn't really a snack, but it was a food that was created at school... and eaten at home.

Candy Christmas Trees

These were my co-teacher's idea. Each child got a plate with their name on it, and an ice cream cone turned upside down and stuck into place with some "snow" (vanilla frosting). I got a big bowl and mixed some green food coloring in with some separate vanilla frosting, and gave each child some green frosting to spread on their tree. Then they had little candies and sprinkles to choose from to decorate it. We put the different candies on separate plates and I scooped up whichever kinds they wanted with a spoon and put it in a corner of their own plate so they could put them on with their fingers. Good practice in fine motor coordination :).

This all occurred while we were watching Polar Express; we'd just have 3 children come to the table at a time to do their tree, then they could sit back down to watch the movie. It was lots of fun, I even decorated my own tree while finishing up with the last couple girls. The trees were so pretty sitting on the table like a little forest, waiting to be taken home at the end of the day.


  1. These are awesome! My kids would looove to make them. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. No prob :). I just wish I'd remembered a little earlier, haha. But I suppose you could make other kinds of trees with different shapes.

  3. Hi Jen!

    What a terrific idea! Amid all the sweets and treats there's a hidden plus too--tuning their fine motor coordination--brilliant! Who would have thought learning could so much fun. Have a great week! Safe New Year's Eve too.

  4. With kids this age-- 4-6-- there is always a way to learn and practice their skills, no matter what they're doing. It's a great plus when we can make learning fun.
    Happy holidays and have a great new year, Al! :)

  5. Happy New Year, Jen!

    Just making my usual rounds to some of the more interesting websites online. Back next week to see what's on the menu here at Epic Treats. Have a great week!