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Food to Play With
November 5, 2009 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

When babies reach a certain age (usually after we've spent a few years trying to lift fruit and vegetable stains off of clothes, furniture, and carpeting), parents begin the long and arduous process of instilling the idea that playing with food is a no-no.

But we can create some foods for them that are okay - and downright fun -- to stick their little fingers into. I got these play-food recipes from "Super Baby Food," a wonderful do-it-yourself baby food book, by Ruth Yaron.

These recipes make it easy to introduce your children to the concept of making food for themselves. It's also a fun way to develop your child's fine motor skills. On top of that, they will feel so proud to have made something themselves.

Play Dough Cookies (Marzipan Cookies)

Let your kids shape their own treats!

1 cup butter or margarine
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon almond paste
2 ½ cups Super Flour (Wheat flour topped with 1 tablespoon soy flour, 1 tablespoon wheat germ, 1 teaspoon brewers yeast)

  1. Cream first three ingredients together in your handy Cuisinart Stand Mixer.
  2. Gradually introduce flour until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Divide into mounds small enough for your child's hands.
  4. Let kids mold own cookies by rolling into snake shapes, or using cookie cutters.
  5. Bake in oven preheated to 300 degrees.
  6. True oven temperatures vary, so be sure to check cookies often to ensure they don't burn.

Edible Play Dough (No oven necessary!)

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons instant powdered milk
Add water to thin as needed

  1. Combine ingredients into dough-like consistency with Cuisinart Stand Mixer.
  2. Give handfuls to kids to any shape they like...or even their initials.
  3. Eat!

 

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