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How to Make a Spring Nest Easter Snack

by Jean Van't Hul
January 1, 2022

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!

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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.



  1. Make your playdough

    Using the recipe below, or your favorite edible playdough recipe, make the peanut butter playdough.

  2. 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.

  3. Add pretzel sticks

    Poke and press the pretzel sticks into the peanut butter pinch pot to act as twigs in the nest snack.

  4. Don’t forget your eggs!

    Once the nest is complete, add a few little candy eggs or a marshmallow Peep.

    peep in nest

Finally, eat your nest snack, of course!

Printable Recipe 

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Peanut Butter Playdough

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  • Author: Jean Van’t Hul


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
  • 1/41/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)


  1. 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.

marshmallow peep on a nest easter snack
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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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