Thursday, March 3, 2016

Easter Egg Mini-Meals for Kids

It's one of those years where several holidays and celebrations blend together into one month!

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything. There is so much I want to do with my kids, but simply not enough time.  If I gave up on sleeping this month, I might be able to check everything off of my to-do list, but that's not happening!

Every year, during the weeks leading up to Easter, I pull out some plastic Easter eggs and fill them with food for my kids. Lily is at the age where she requests an "Easter Egg Lunch" instead of a traditional lunch, and Lexie looks forward to finding a half-dozen eggs in her lunch bag every day! (Sadly, Dylan is now too old for this tradition.) An added bonus is that Liam gets in some Occupational Therapy by working on his pincer grasp to get the food out of the eggs!

Easter Egg Mini-Meals for Kids

All you need is a clean, empty egg carton and a dozen plastic eggs!

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One of the best things about these Easter Egg Mini-Meals is that you can fill them with ANYTHING. Fill them with healthy food, fill them with treats, fill them with snacks, make it a meal, or give them a little bit of everything.  The possibilities are endless!

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I prefer the little bit of everything method.  My kids like a variety of food to choose from!

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Even better, they seem to eat the food that they would typically avoid if that food is put in a fun Easter Egg!

I've stuffed the eggs with a little bit of everything. Anything that is a finger food can work for this! Here are a few ideas:
  • any kind of cut fruit
  • small pieces of a waffle, french toast sticks, and mini pancakes
  • raw vegetables and steamed vegetables
  • small cooked pasta shapes 
  • dried fruit or raisins (older kids only)
  • nuts (older kids only)
  • popcorn (older kids only)
  • shredded cheese
  • beans
  • cereal
  • granola
  • small pieces of turkey dog, fish sticks, or chicken nuggets
  • mini pepperoni
  • oyster crackers
  • M&M's or Skittles

On this day, I gave them snacks. I chose organic puffs, s'mores goldfish, cuties, bananas, fruit snacks, marshmallows, sliced cheese stick, shredded mozzarella, pretzel golfish, chocolate chips, cheerios, and animal crackers. 

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And when they're done?  They can play with their food!  Take the eggs out, open and close them, and put them back in...it's a meal and an activity all in one!

Easter Egg Mini-Meals
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Easter Egg Mini-Meals are not just for toddlers and preschoolers!  You can put them in your school-aged child's lunch box. Lexie loves the surprise of opening the eggs and finding out what's in them! (Once upon a time, Dylan loved it, too. *sigh*)

You can simply fill a few eggs and toss them into the lunch box...

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...OR you can cut an egg carton in half or in thirds, and use it as a base for the eggs!

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The one above is what I placed in Lexie's lunch box tonight.  She's getting blueberries, mini pepperoni, shredded cheddar cheese, lima beans, marshmallows, and pretzel goldfish. I try to choose different foods each day to keep it exciting!

Easter Egg Mini-Meals are a fun, seasonal twist on muffin tin meals.  Childhood is fleeting, and NOW is the time to make mealtime fun and exciting!

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How do you make mealtime fun for your child? 

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18 comments:

  1. What a cute idea!! And so easy too. I have a million of those plastic eggs ;) Definitely trying this.

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  2. I LOVE this idea! I have a bazillion plastic eggs leftover from last year so I'm going to have to do this for the kids soon! They would love it!

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  3. Seriously, that is the cutest idea ever, love it!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! It's such a simple idea. I love how you used an carton full of plastic eggs in your post today, too! XOXO

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  4. I did this for the first time last year and it was my favorite Easter-inspired activity we did! You also inspired me to do the muffin tin meals :)

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    1. It's such a simple idea and the kids love it! I'm so glad you tried the muffin tin meals!

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  5. Oh my gosh! This is the best idea EVER! I'll be doing with the kids more than once this month! Can I get inside that brain of yours for a minute or two?! You always have THE best ideas. :)

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    1. You definitely should! I hope your kids love it!
      I have way too many ideas...I just need to find more time to accomplish everything. Wouldn't that be nice?!?

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  6. That's super cute. I have a feeling Pierce would side with Dylan at this point. Today was mustache day at school and he refused to let me draw one on him...

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    1. Awww! They grow up too fast. Dylan handed me a stack of books that he was "way too old for" tonight and it broke my heart!

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  7. This is the cutest idea. I have to do this for my grandchildren! All the little treats they will love to explore and then eat. Thanks for sharing at Party at My Place. Pinning this on my boards.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I'm sure your grandkids would love this!

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  8. I love this idea! I've done a lot of things with Easter eggs, but hadn't put food inside. Other than for our egg hunts. I will be trying it. :)

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    1. It's amazing how much you can do with them! Let me know how it goes! XOXO

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  9. This is such a cute idea! I'm sure your kids loved it. Happy Easter!

    xo,
    Kristie
    Kristie's Reverie

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  10. That is a fantastic idea! And such a fun way to get kids excited to eat.

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