Apple Smiles Snack for Kids

By: Highlights Editorial
Apple smiles snack for kids
minute activity
Ages 3+
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor Skills

Kids can do most of the work, spreading the cream cheese on the apple slices and putting on the marshmallows. Take some silly photos with your new smiles and send them to a friend for a good laugh.

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Spread cream cheese on one side of each apple slice.

  2. Add a row of mini marshmallows to half of the apple slices.

  3. Put the other half of the apple slices on top.

  4. Serve with a smile!

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Together, count the marshmallows that go on each apple slice. Ask your child to tally how many marshmallows are in each smile and how many marshmallows they used all together. Now ask your child to count the apple smiles. How many did your child make? Build math skills by encouraging your child to count the number of apple slices by counting by 2s.

Older kids: Help your child think through the why behind the recipe. Start by talking about why the recipe calls for cream cheese. Then together, brainstorm words that describe the cream cheese. Using those words as a starting point, encourage your child to think of other ingredients that are like cream cheese that could be used as a substitute in this recipe. (Consider this preemptive problem-solving in the kitchen!)

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By: Highlights Editorial