August 4, 2016

Simple Summer Snacktivity: Crabby Apple

IMG_4414-0After our recent family trip to Canada, the boys have a new-found love for all things beachy. As if visiting family in Nova Scotia wasn’t enough, we also squeezed in a quick overnight on Prince Edward Island,  where we enjoyed the sunkissed red sand beaches.

Coming home, I decided to keep the sea theme going and make this Crabby Apple, which we had so much fun with that I thought I would share it with you! This recipe is from a book “Animal Fun for Young Children: Critter Crafts & Recipes,” it’s the first in a new series launched by Ranger Rick magazine.

The kids loved seeing the tiny crabs scuttling around in the tidal pools on our trip, so creating a Crabby Apple was the perfect snacktivity when we returned home from our trip!


You’ll need:

Graham crackers



Eyes (the recipe says dried black-eyes peas but you can use anything!)

Get Crabby:

Step one is to smash up some graham crackers to create “sand,” a task that my boys took very seriously! I put the graham crackers in a ziplock, covered it with a tea towel and let the boys at it. 

Next, we placed the sliced apples and strawberries to create a friendly little crab! We didn’t have any peas as the recipe called for but I don’t think they minded using chocolate chips instead!

I strongly believe in letting kids do their own thing when it comes to crafts. The sense of pride they have from creating their own masterpiece is all worth it! My almost 5-year old loves to follow exact instructions (to the point where he got frustrated because our apple slices didn’t lay exactly like in the example!). My 2-year old, not so much!

We can’t wait to try the other fun activities in this book! It is full of hands-on ideas to get kids motivated to follow a recipe and create unique snacks and crafts. And seriously though – how cute is this crab?

Enjoy your Crabby Apples! And PS: Don’t you love a recipe where you don’t actually have to cook?

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  1. What a fun activity! I love this…so cute and such a great activity for kids of all ages.

  2. This is so cute! I love making cute things out of food now that my daughter kind of notices them now. 🙂 Love this idea!


  3. Looks so yummy and adorable! I can’t wait to do this next summer when my little is 2!

  4. Ahhh! This is too cute! I’m going to make it this weekend! 🙂

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