Preschooler Friendly Family Holiday Ideas
The holidays are all about spending time together, but sometimes things may be a little too difficult or frustrating for younger children to participate. For this reason, I have found some modifications that work for younger preschool age children and I thought I would take some time today to share some preschooler friendly family holiday ideas!
Now the most memorable holiday activities that I can think of are holiday house and baking- both have their challenging parts when you are four so I have made some changes that make things easier for Avery. First up- the holiday house, after many years of working with young children and them getting completely frustrated, sometimes to the point of tantrums, over house falling over or breaking in some way I found the perfect solution. Flatten them to begin with. This flatter version allows children to create a whole holiday neighborhood and have a lot more fun doing it because things are not slipping, sliding and falling around.
First start with your Honey Maid graham crackers, our tray fits three house perfectly so I thought it would be fun to have three different flavors. The traditional honey, cinnamon and chocolate, yum!! I used half a sheet for the bottom of the house, and the quarters and an 1/8 sheet to put together the roof. I used Skippy Dark Chocolate spread to attach everything to the tray so it wouldn’t move around.
Next up was the fondant- this is another secret. Avery finds it somewhat difficult to manipulate the frosting bags, but her drawings are some of my favorite things right now! That is why I create little fondant squares that I attach to the front of the graham crackers with more Skippy peanut butter. This creates a blank canvas that Avery can draw the features of the house on with food coloring markers. This is a much more enjoyable process for her- anything that doesn’t end in tears makes me happy.
For the roof, I covered the tops with icing and the cut little squares of gum to make a shingled roof.
I knew Avery would appreciate the different colors, you can find gum in every color so you could totally locate white gum too if you wanted a more snowy look.
At this point I also put together some fun little decorations for her to add to the scene as well.
Lastly, all that was left to do was decorate and draw the scene! Avery had a blast and there were absolutely NO tears!!
Another favorite in our house is baking and no bake recipes are perfect to be make with little helpers! This is a new version of a peanut butter cup and I am telling you, people will love you for making these! Check them out!
Alright, here is what you need to gather up for this one:
- 1 sleeve Honey Maid graham crackers in your favorite flavor
- 1/4 cup & 1 Tbsp (separated) melted butter or margarine & 2 Tbsp
- 3/4 cup Skippy Peanut Butter in your favorite flavor
- 3/4 Powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 package Chocolate Almond Bark
Once you have gathered all of that, start melting your chocolate almond bark according to the package (you can use any type of melting chocolate you like). I use a bowel and do it in the microwave and it never really takes more than 90 seconds. While that is going, have your helper pulse the graham crackers in the food processor while you add the melted butter or margarine. Once combined, set aside. For the peanut butter filling, grab your Skippy and add it to a bowl with the powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp margarine, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Once everything is melted and combined- you can start putting them together! I got out my mini muffin tin and filled it up with liners. I put a small amount of chocolate in the bottom of each of the cups.
Next I added a tiny amount of the Honey Maid graham cracker mixture on top of the chocolate, trying to keep it in the center and away from the edges.
Last, add the peanut butter mixture on top, again avoiding the edges as much as possible. When you are working with the kids it gets messy, but that is where the fun is!
Now all that is left to do is add some more chocolate on top and let it all cool- then you have the best treat on the block!
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