This is both a creative activity and a snack!
- First the kids make a batch of the peanut butter playdough.
- Then they mold it into the shape of a birds’ nest, adding pretzel “sticks” and either eggs or little birds.
- And then they eat it, of course!
When the kids made these snacks the first time around, there wasn’t any Easter candy in the stores yet, so we used pastel-colored marshmallows for the eggs in our nests. Once the Easter candy showed up in our grocery store, Maia started asking to make the nest snack again with real Easter candy.
First it was chocolate eggs she wanted. But then she spied the Peeps.
I’ve never bought the poor kid Peeps. Not sure if that makes me a bad mom or a good mom.
But finally I said yes, sure, we can make the nest snack again with Peeps so that your nest will have a little bird in it.
Happy kid, let me tell you!
Here’s how to make these pretzel nests…
Pretzel Nests :: Easter Snacks for Kids
- 1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup powdered milk
- (optional) 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Pretzel sticks
- Peeps or candy eggs
1. Measure the peanut butter, honey, powdered sugar, powdered milk, and optional cocoa powder into a medium bowl.
Note :: If you don’t have powdered milk, you can use extra powdered sugar to get the consistency right.
2. Use an electric mixer to combine the peanut butter dough ingredients.
3. Divide the peanut butter dough among the kids (make 4-6 nests depending on size). Instruct the kids to roll the peanut butter into a ball and then press their thumb into the center, working it around the circumference to create a pinch pot.
4. Poke and press the pretzel sticks into the peanut butter pinch pot to act as twigs in the nest snack.
Note :: When we did this the first time around, the kids poked the pretzels in randomly, for a more natural nest look.
This time, Maia and Stella chose to add the pretzels in radiating spokes on a much flatter nest.
5. Once the nest is complete, add a few little candy eggs or a marshmallow Peep.
6. Next, eat your nest snack, of course!
This is one of many Easter snacks for kids and spring arts and crafts ideas from my book, The Artful Year :: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes.
Want more Easter arts and crafts activities to do with your kids? Click here for my Artful Easter Activity Pack with 10 fun printables for kids, including DIY mini baskets, suncatchers and collages, egg decorating ideas, and more!
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