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These fun edible crafts for kids are just the thing for fighting boredom—and hangry tantrums too—all summer long and on through the school year.

Does the whiny pitch of “I’m booooored,” fill you with dread? You could be like my dad and answer with “Well, I’ve got some chores for you to do. Are you still bored?” and that solved that. Or you can take on the responsibility of entertaining your child 24/7. There’s a middle ground, of course. And some of it lies in the kitchen, where you can use food crafts to occupy your children, rather than the TV or whatever digital technology you use.

Try some of these tips. This food might not be the healthiest, but it’s not healthy for them when you lose your temper, either. You know what else is healthy? Fun. Relaxing a little. And engaging in new activities that require thinking in different ways. You can achieve all these virtues in one edible craft idea. Go ahead, see what happens.

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1.  Easy Edible Construction Trucks

Use wafer cookies, pretzels, and Rolo candies to make these adorable trucks—and then devour them, if you can bear to. Get the Easy Edible Construction Trucks recipe.

2. Healthy Candy Necklace

Forgive us this one healthy idea. You can still use jelly beans or M&Ms if you insist, but this recipe suggests stringing dried fruit, yogurt-covered raisins, and Cheerios together for a more nutritious twist on the classic candy necklace. You can also go the full meal route as shown above, with fresh fruit, cheese, and meat sticks (all-natural, of course). You could end up with a 24-carrot design. Get the Healthy Candy Necklace recipe.

3. Homemade Edible Finger Paint

This is actually pretty healthy too. Use yogurt or sour cream as the base and spices or brightly colored juices for pigment. Your toddler can play with the paints by smearing them all over their highchair tray and face, and your older children can paint actual pictures, or modern abstract art if that’s their thing. Get the Edible Finger Paint recipe.

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4. Edible Play Dough

I (almost) want to make this for myself! So much better than the nontoxic store-bought play dough. Sure, your kid won’t be poisoned from it, but this stuff is actual food, although very sugary food. Get the Edible Frosting Play Dough recipe, or the Edible Marshmallow Play Dough recipe.

5. Edible Slime

If Play Dough seems rather quaint and just doesn’t cut it these days, try an edible slime recipe instead.

6. Rainbow Jar Science Experiment

Most of these activities have to do with art, but science is important too. A couple of this recipe’s items are not edible, but the others are. Your kid can learn about density, and how different liquids have different weights. Cool. (For a fully edible—well, drinkable—version, try this Fibonacci Lemonade recipe.) Get the Rainbow Jar recipe.

7. Rainbow Bread Painting

A little gel food coloring, granulated white sugar, white bread, and paint brushes do can provide a novel way to have fun that regular painting can’t. Get the Rainbow Bread Painting recipe. (In the same realm of toast art, you can also let kids make cute animals on their toast with sliced fruit or veggies—sort of like edible Colorforms.)

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8. Tie-Dye Eggs

They’ve gotta get some protein in, so make hard boiled eggs and combine the arts of Chinese tea eggs and Easter egg dyeing for these eye-catching snacks. Call them dragon eggs or dinosaur eggs if it’ll help entice the kiddos. Get the Tie-Dye Egg recipe.

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9. Edible Unicorn Horns

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Okay, so we’re back to basically pure sugar, but these are definitely a fun project that kids will enjoy making (from Jell-O, lemon-lime soda, and powdered sugar), playing with afterward, and then eventually eating. Get the Edible Unicorn Horn recipe. And if you have more advanced—and patient—children to entertain, make a whole unicorn cake!

10. Ice Cream In a Bag

Speaking of sugar, kids also love ice cream, but you’re not going to let them mess with your precious ice cream maker, nor would that probably be much fun for them. But let them make ice cream in a bag and they’ll get multiple benefits: a bit of a workout, a lesson in culinary science, and a frozen treat in the bargain.

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11. Edible Insect Snacks

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{NEW} Super FUN Veggie Bug Snacks 🐛🐜🐞 Happy NEW Month, friends! It's BEAUTIFUL May! Here's a really cute food craft to make with the kids this Spring, & Summer! I think this would be fun for a children's party…to keep the kids busy assembling their own little bugs, or just to make some ahead of time to set out on a platter for your guests! I used pasture raised "Organic Valley" cream cheese, but also think some thick, cold hummus would also work! Have fun! Make these little guys all your own, and tag me in your creations so I can see what you create! ❤ Ingredients: 2-3 Celery stalks, cut into 2'' pieces 1/3 English cucumber, thiner & thicker slices 1/3 cup organic cream cheese, or hummus 1 cup cherry tomatoes, different colors, halved or quartered 1 bunch chives 8-10 black pitted olives 2-3 slices of nitrate free deli turkey, or ham, cut into quarters and rolled A piping bag with 2 tips; one very small and one large star Instructions: First, using a piping bag with the large star tip, pipe the celery stalks with cream cheese as shown. Next, add one cherry tomato or one olive as it's little head. Continue making the shells from either thicker cucumber slices, rolled deli ham or a line of quartered cherry tomatoes. Add thinner cucumber slices as wings as shown in the photos. Insert chives for antennas. To make the eyes, place the small tip to your piping bag and pipe creme cheese dots on their little bug heads. Add a small piece of chopped olive to each dot for pupils. Enjoy! ❤Rachel

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Not that kind of edible insects—though if your kids like snacking on crickets, count your blessings (as long as they’re eating bugs intended to be consumed, that is). These adorable bug-shaped snacks are made from veggies, cream cheese, and all-natural deli meats and are a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and excited about eating healthy food. Get the Veggie Bug Snacks recipe.

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Amy Sowder is a writer and editor based in NYC, covering food and wellness in publications such as Bon Appétit, Women's Health, Eat This, Not That!, Upworthy/GOOD, Brooklyn Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. She loves to run races, but her favorite finish lines are gelato shops. Learn more at AmySowder.com.
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