Food Based Toddler Group Activities

Food Based Toddler Group Activities

Everyone knows, kids love to snack. I think that’s why food based activities always go down well with them. Here are my favourite food based toddler group activities from my 3 years running a group. Don’t forget, when planning food based activities, you’ll need to be able to provide allergen information to parents, so hang on to your packets.

Decorating Biscuits

This is a classic food based toddler group activity. It’s always popular and very easy to set up. It can get messy but is definitely worth it.

What you’ll need

Biscuits (you can make your own or just grab a packet of digestives)

Icing (it’s cheapest to make your own water icing but premixed icing you can write with is fun too)

Food colouring (optional)

A selection of Toppings:

Mini Marshmallows

Hundreds and thousands

Chocolate chips

Popping candy

Sugar stars

Smarties

Small bowls 

Spoons

Baby wipes

Plates

Method

You’ll need to make up the icing in some of the bowls, you can just leave it white or do a few with different colours. Put some icing sugar into a small bowl, add food colour if using, then just a drop of water. Stir and, if it needs it, add more water. You want a spoonable consistency. Put the toppings into bowls and place on tables. Give it child a plate with a biscuit on and a spoon for the icing and let them get creative.

 

Food Based Toddler Group Activities- Decorating Biscuits

 

Banana People

What could be better than a food based toddler group activity than one that gets some fruit into them. For safety, don’t forget to snip the pointy ends off the skewers.

What you’ll need

Bananas 

Twiglets

Chocolate chips

Wooden skewers with the sharp ends snipped off.

Small bowls

Plates

Method

Slice the banana so that you have 2-3inch pieces for bodies and 1inch pieces for the heads. Put them on a plate. Pour the chocolate chips into one bowl and the twiglets into another. Lay everything out on the table. It’s useful to print out some pictures of what the finished article should look like so people know what they’re aiming for. I also labelled what each food item was for to make it clearer.

 

Food based toddler group activities - making banana people

 

Painted Marshmallows

This is an unusual food based toddler group activity but it works quite well. It’s good for learning about colours and developing fine mothers skills as holding the marshmallows while you paint them is quite tricky.

What you’ll need

White marshmallows (you could save the pink ones for the next activity)

Milk

Food colouring 

Clean paintbrushes (that haven’t been used for paint yet)

Small bowls or pots

Plates

Method

First you’ll need to make your “paints”. Put a small amount of milk into a pot or bowl and add a few drops of food colour, mix and add more if the colour isn’t strong enough. Give all of the children a plate with a few marshmallows on and let them get creative with the edible paint. 

 

Food Based Toddler Group Activities- Marshmallow painting

 

Dip and decorate

You can personalise this food based toddler group activity to suit your preferences. I used bananas and marshmallows but you could use a variety of different fruit. Just make sure you cut them big enough not to be a choking hazard.

What you’ll need

Things to dip, for example:

Bananas

Marshmallows

Strawberries 

Orange segments

Mango chunks

A selection of toppings, for example:

Hundreds and thousands

Chocolate chips or curls

Popping candy

Sugar strands

Chocolate (milk or white)

Skewers with the sharp ends snipped off

Small bowls

Plates

Method

Chop up your fruit to appropriate sizes and put them on a plate. You can melt your chocolate in the microwave but if, like me, you don’t have a microwave at your venue you can chop it up small, put it in a small bowl and place it on top of a mug of boiling water. Stir it frequently and it will soon melt. Pour your dips into bowls or shallow plates. Place everything on tables along with the skewers and let the children put something on skewer, dip it in chocolate, then dip it in the topping of their choice.

 

Planning toddler group activities - girl making banana men

 

Looking for non food based toddler group activities?

You can check out our messy play activities and arts and crafts activities. If you need to guidance on selecting activities, have a look at How to choose toddler group activities to run.

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