Again, these aren’t super fancy but my daughter thinks they’re amazing and that’s all that matters, right? I bought a mini Halloween metal cookie cutter set like this. Each cookie cutter is a few inches wide, roughly.
I scored pack of 48 Stretch Island Fruit strips at the Costco on Morena Blvd for about $10. Then, it occurred to me that she could cut the fruit strips with the cookie cutters and place them on top of:
- Mini bagels with cream cheese
- Crackers with cream cheese
- Frosted cupcakes
- Rounds of bread with cream cheese, almond or peanut butter
It takes some effort for her to get the Wilton cookie cutters through the fruit strip. To help, I gave her a metal measuring cup to help push the cookie cutter through the fruit strip. In the photos above, she took a round cookie cutter and cut as many round shapes in a slice of whole wheat bread as could fit, spread some cream cheese and then placed the cut fruit strips on top. By the way, these fruit strips have no added sugar or additives and count as a 1/2 serving of fruit. They are so good, that you can definitely pass them off as dessert.
What to Do With the Waste
When my daughter made the snacks on the round wheat bread, I saved the crust. In fact, I have a bag in the freezer full of good bread scraps. I defrost them and use them in Easy Bread and Celery Stuffing. No one will ever know they’re wheat bread scraps.
The leftover fruit strips get chopped into small pieces. This disguises the fact that they’re scraps. Your kids can eat them as is or sprinkled on frozen yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal or whatever they like.
She will likely make and take these for her next preschool snack day. Also, the eyes and mouth on the pumpkin shapes were made with pieces from our Zoku Quick Pop Maker and were very easy to get through the fruit strips.