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Are you always asking your kids to stop playing with their food? Turn the tables and check out these ideas for making creatures with foods that will keep your kids engaged and interested in yummy snacks.

Sure, you can get snacks that come pre-made in the shapes of cute bears and other animals. But fresh fruits and vegetables can serve as the building blocks of a scrumptious snack. First, consider your “tools,” or foods, and give the kids a few models to get the ideas flowing.

Fruits that are easy to “build” with include fresh grapes, banana slices, berries and pineapple. Here are some tips to get you started:

Oatmeal or Granola

Start the morning right with oatmeal or Sunbelt Bakery Granola topped with fresh berries or fruits. Round banana slices can make a cute bear nose and two ears, with blueberries or raisins for eyes. It’s all about perspective!

Fruit Skewers

Slither into snack time with grape or berry snakes! To make a grape snake, use a skewer to make a strip of grapes. Use two dots of yogurt and mini chocolate chips for eyes. Switch it up with strawberry banana snakes—for these tasty creatures, use a piping bag or sandwich baggie with a corner cut off to make a piping tip. Slice a few strawberries into round slices, and cut a banana into round slices.

Add a few spoonfuls of yogurt in your piping bag, and twist it around your hand to control the flow of yogurt. Build snakes by alternating banana and strawberry slices with yogurt in between each layer. The result should look like a slithering snake on a plate! Use a whole strawberry for the head, adding two dots of yogurt and mini chocolate chips for eyes.

Rice Cakes

Jazz up a rice cake with a cute face. Spread peanut butter on a rice cake. Use raisins for eyes, a raspberry for the nose and a half raspberry for a small smile. Mini pretzel twists make cute ears!

Use this blank palette of peanut butter on rice cakes with banana slices to make a monkey, owl or cat face.

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