In todays world it’s important to teach children the importance of living a healthy life style. It may sound like a tough task, but it can be made easier by getting them involved in the kitchen at a young age. Check out these 6 fun and healthy ideas to get your children interested in the kitchen!


1. bugs on a log

Who’s afraid of a little bug? This is a delicious (and easy) treat the kids will love. Simply wash and thoroughly dry a celery stick. Spread or pipe peanut butter or a peanut butter alternative into the natural curve of the stalk. Top with raisins, coconut, nuts, cereal or dried cherries.



2. fruit kabobs

Kids love to help out in the kitchen. Buy some wooden skewers or craft sticks and some of their favorite fruit. After cutting up the fruit, sit the kids down and let them make their own kabob creations. A side of flavored yogurt will add some special zing!



3. fruit freeze

Instead of the usual popsicles, try a homemade and healthier version. All you need are some small paper cups and wooden craft sticks. Choose your favorite yogurt or natural juice, fill the cups and freeze for a refreshing treat.



4. smoothies + veggie juice

Fruit smoothies are all the rage for children and adults Try making one with your favorite fruit and either milk or yogurt. Don’t turn your nose up at vegetable juiceÉ add apples to carrot juice and you’ll never look back. Yum!



5. food as art

Let your children discover their taste buds along with their artistic talent. A great culinary masterpiece can begin with bagels and low-fat cream cheese. Set out some healthy toppings, like dried or fresh-cut fruit and veggies, and encourage their creativity.



6. mama mia

Every kid loves pizza. Try making a nutritious version at home using whole wheat pizza dough and low-fat cheese. Allow the kids to select the fruits and veggies to use as toppings. Let the kids help you put it together for all to enjoy. There’s no limit to the combinations!



Wrapping gifts is one of the best parts of the entire holiday season, because it is so rewarding to see everyone’s reactions to their gifts. Giving is better than receiving after all, right? Here at Schnucks, we’re all about personal touches and making the customer [or gift receiver] happy! This D.I.Y. Wrapping Paper is perfect for adding personal touches and is a great way to get your children involved! Share your projects with us on Instagram with #SimplySchnucks.


  • Gather together your supplies. You will need: cookie cutter, potato, poster paint, paper plate, plain white paper or kraft paper, ribbon, tape, and a knife.



  • Cut your potato in half and place the cookie cutter in the middle of one of the halves.



  • Press the cutter firmly into the flesh of the potato until it is level.



  • Carefully cut away the potato around the metal cookie shape.



  • …until it looks like this.



  • Dip into the paint so that the paint is evenly distributed onto the potato.



  • Start stamping the potato onto the paper.



  • Once the paint has thoroughly dried, choose matching or contrasting ribbon for the finishing touch.



Check out another holiday D.I.Y. craft, perfect for kids, in our Simply Schnucks Magazine.