Looking for a creative Easter snack for kids? These pretzel and peanut butter birds’ nests are easy, fun and yummy!
Updated February 2022
One of our favorite Easter activities in Jean’s book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes, is this Easter snack for kids! Birds’ nests made out of peanut butter playdough and pretzel sticks. This is both a creative activity and a yummy 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!
Creative Easter Snack for Kids
From The Artful Year, by Jean Van’t Hul, © 2015 by Jean Van’t Hul. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boulder, CO.
- Peanut Butter Playdough (see recipe below)
- Pretzel sticks
- Easter candy, like chocolate eggs or marshmallow peeps
- Make your playdough
Using the recipe below, or your favorite edible playdough recipe, make the peanut butter playdough.
- Create your nest shape
Divide the peanut butter dough into 4-6 balls. Roll the peanut butter into a ball and then press your thumb into the center, working it around the circumference to create a pinch pot.
- Add pretzel sticks
Poke and press the pretzel sticks into the peanut butter pinch pot to act as twigs in the nest snack.
- Don’t forget your eggs!
Once the nest is complete, add a few little candy eggs or a marshmallow Peep.
Finally, eat your nest snack, of course!
Peanut Butter Playdough
This edible playdough recipe is so easy to make and is a guaranteed hit for pretend play (and maybe a little nibbling!).
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. It’s as easy as that!
Note: We’ve tried a number of variations on the peanut butter playdough, sometimes including a cup of powdered milk in place of a cup of the powdered sugar, sometimes adding cocoa powder for a more chocolate-y experience, etc, but we usually come back to this basic recipe.
This is one of many Easter snack ideas for kids and spring arts and crafts ideas from my book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes.
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