Fresh Fall Allergy Hacks for Cornucopia Snack Crafts!

Here are some fun and fresh ways to remake the fall holiday treats for the little loves in your life!

A cornucopia of fruit or candies (I vote fruit of course; however…. some allergy friendly candies are some made by Yum Earth and Surf Sweets…and you’ll be avoiding artificial food dyes)

I couldn’t find the author of this image that is abundantly found on pinterest and other web linky places. But, thank you, whoever you are, for this ! Make this gluten free by using Let’s Do Organic Gluten Free Sugar Cones!

fruit in sugard coneHere is another cornucopia treat done by the craftpatch blog. You can soften the end of the cone with water to curl it up like a cornucopia. I imagine children having fun filling in their cornucopias as they explore new treats. For teachers and therapists looking to make it even more educational they could use initial letter cards to have children match to the fruit’s name… or scale it for literary development on several levels. Also, for non verbal children they could request each fruit using a picture of it. (You just can’t take the speech pathologist out of this food allergy mama). I’m also thinking a song adapted to familiar tunes using the fruit names or colors could make the handing out of the fruit fun.

 

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Another allergy friendly candy other than Yum Earth and Surf Sweets is Skittles (tons of fake stuff in them but easy to find at a store). I personally love http://www.indiecandies.com. They have top 11 allergy free candies that is seasonal and fun. Double bonus is that they are dye free and all natural.

Have fun snacking and crafting! What is your on your list for fun snacks for the upcoming holidays?

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Allergy Friendly Fruit Pumpkin Snack Craft

I’m excited about the fall! Little people are too! So let’s make them something fun, healthy, and delicious that targets their taste buds, fine motor skills and ability to follow simple directions. If you are a teacher or a caregiver or a mom or dad… you’ll find this simple snack craft to be a huge hit! (*Think* class party inclusive snack craft that is fun food for ALL(ergies)!  )  A series of fall focused snacks will be following shortly here and after I go to the Gluten Free Expo you can expect further inspiration! (You may want to check back at this blog soon or enroll your email in the box on the right for subscription because I get to do a ticket give away soon for the Gluten Free Expo!) pumpkinsnackcraft

Best ingredient list ever for busy snack planners :

      1. Seedless Clementines aka Cuties

2. Celery

*If celery is an allergy try substituting another green veggie like green bell pepper.

The great thing is this snack craft is done simply in advance also if this is just a “bring an allergy friendly goodie to class thing”.

You can let the children peel them for extra fine motor practice and fun or you can do it in advance. Chop up the little celery stalks to fit snugly in the center of the clementine with a little sticking over the top like a pumpkin stalk. I sliced them into 1.5 inch long slim strips. You may have to have more than one “pumpkin” per child if they are ravenous fruit eaters like the inhabitants here in Miss Watermelon’s world. I can’t complain about that though, right?!

What is your favorite allergy friendly fall treat?

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A sesame free, gluten free, dairy free, no bake cake!
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Allergy Friendly Cake and perfect for SUMMER! Meet the popsicle cake!

What kid doesn’t love popsicles!!?! We had a pool party for my daughter for her birthday this year. She thought the popsicle cake was awesome! We do have cake mixes we trust for her food allergy (sesame); however, we had fun with this no bake treat! I found the idea here via pinterest of course!

Ingredients:
(along with brand that works for our own sesame allergy- read label and call manufacturer for your own allergy needs 🙂 )

  • Outshine Popsicles by Dreyers (a Nestle brand)
  • 2 Cake shaped round foam circles (of different depths if desired)
  • Pretty ribbon or fabric if desired (could also leave white like “snow” or put stickers on it etc)
  • Nails and or strong crafting glue
  • Tall skinny candles

Directions:
First we attached the ribbons and fabric around our cake foams using nails. 10 minutes before cake time the popsicles were inserted into the “cake”..

Then the cake disappeared quickly! (good thing or it would have been a drippy mess!)

Another fun way to do this is use other “pop” treats like the rice krispy treat pop recipe I posted or insert other frozen favorites!
What other kinds of cake alternatives have you made?

Rice Krispy pops! An allergy friendly alternative to cake pops

Snack craft version to do with kiddos: Ingredients: (and the brand names that work for our allergy set)

  • Erewhorn Crispy Rice Cereal
  • Kraft Marshmallows
  • Tropical Traditions coconut oil ( virgin oil has yummy coconut flavor..their expelled pressed has no coconut taste…or sub your favorite allergy friendly oil)
  • Cake pop sticks
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • Let’s Do Organic Sprinkles

 

  •  1.Do the usual rice krispy treat recipe steps, but then shape and roll the krispy treats into balls
  • 2. Refrigerate the treats 1-2 hrs if it is as hot as Texas in the summer
  • 3. Insert stick and reshape ball
  • 4. Dip in melted enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 5. Sprinkle with natural sprinkles Rest on wax paper to harden chocolate or stand in a repurposed cereal box on its side in which you have punched holes. (again refrigeration may help to set the chocolate)

*this whole recipe could be done with use of a microwave if cooktop is unavailable!

Involve children at age appropriate levels…mine are at the dip it in frosting and lick your fingers stage!

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EGG free dyeable Easter Eggs!!!

If these have been around for a while they are NEW to me! I’m so excited Miss Watermelon will fearlessly dye these babies. An egg free egg takes a lot of pressure off of parents, caregivers and preschool/ school environments wanting to minimize risk!!!

How do I LOVE these ?! Let me count the ways:

1. ALLERGEN free and FUN for ALL!!!
2. They are CHEAPER than real eggs… How often can you say that about allergy friendly options?
3. They will never spoil!
4. So, because of #3 , no refrigeration required !
5. Found easily at Wal-Mart
6. Cute package- Packaged in an egg carton!

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Allergy Friendly Noodle Tree craft with TropicO’s loops

The kids loved this. Who knew raw uncooked noodles would be so delicious?! After gluing the paper in tree and branch shape they placed the noodles and added TropicO’s for Easter eggs ( I think they just wanted to do a snack craft with yummy cereal again 😉 )

The noodles are gluten, sesame and egg free. The brand is Ancient Grains. These are their corn and quinoa noodles.

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You say Fruit Loop necklace… I say TropicO’s necklace!

It was a very happy day when I met the “freedom foods” rep at the gluten free expo in Dallas last year! That is when this little snack craft became a reality.

These are actually lower in sugar compared to fruit loops and non gmo, all natural – to boot! The kids LOVED their cereal necklaces! Mine was tasty too 🙂

From “freedom foods” website:
From “freedom foods” website:

TropicO’s

TropicO’s are delicious fruit flavoured cereal rings of rice, corn and wholegrain sorghum. We only use natural ingredients like sweet potato extract and gardenia flower extract to add colours naturally to our TropicO’s.

FRUCTOSE FREE!
Free from gluten, wheat, nuts, dairy, sesame, soy, and eggs
Made with all natural colours and flavours
Low in salt
Good source of fibre
Preservative free

This will not work for those with corn allergy.

P.s. This was not a free sample review thingy..I did this review independent of free products. We just love snack crafts 🙂

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Exhibit A: Fruit Kabobs!

Here it is. The first snack craft of the fall.

Or,
this could be the first alternative you have found to offer for your child with food allergies when everyone else is having shortcake on a stick or something non allergy friendly.

That is after all how I found myself thinking up this yummy Snaaaaaack Craaaaaaft.

Some shout snack craft like one on the top of the Himalayas with pride and with a flourish!

Some whisper it like revealing an exciting secret.

And then we have what I recall as a lovely nasal whine reminiscent of those from Cranston, Rhode Island. My local Rhode Island friends would knowingly say – ” that is the CRaaaaaaaaNNston whiiiine” . Some may not think it lovely. But I love all you Rhode Island types and wicked awesome accents. Heh, heh.

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Okay, so not EVERY camp/school should hand their wee ones pointy stick objects….so – take it down a notch if we must and do this on a disposable straw.

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You might just save someone’s eye and your job. “Common sense” must rule over our “snack crafts” as much as one can put those two together in a sentence. ‘Cause usually they are there just for fun.

I could do that step by step picture blog here and then the voila one like you see on Pinterest all the time. We don’t really have time for that though, right?! because we have SNAAAAAAACK CRAAAAAAFTS to make !

Okay here is the skinny on cool developmental things to do with this craft. I’m a speech pathologist, and I can’t help but look at most crafts as an enriching opportunity for language or other developmental nuggets…(we are always keeping mind the ages of the kabob makers and connoisseurs)

Language: labeling, following directions, requesting
Fine Motor: I’m not an occupational therapist so I don’t recall all the cool lingo and grasp; ( chime in OT friends!!) however this uses the little muscles in fingers and hands and could be great for concentration! They could wash and help prepare the fruits

    this can be a long or short

snaaaaack craaaaft.
General: sequencing, patterns ( this is great for early cognitive and reading skills); amp it up with one to one correspondence to copy a picture of alternating fruit…and you’ve also hit on some early math sparks.
PLUS
This is healthy and it is real food!!!

Recipe:
Fruit ( shown are bananas and strawberries)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips ( microwaved and stirred and drizzled) you have to use this brand if you want it to be dairy,sesame,gluten and nut free etc
Kabob sticks ( older less sword fighting snackers)or straws ( for sword fighting snackers like my little dude)

Tips: fruit allergies can happen-so know your allergic diners well and ask “Mama” or “Papa”  a week  in advance and she will know you are an Amazing Wicked Awesome Snaaaaaaack Craaaaaaft Maven. You can do it!

And now here is the question…. What  recipe/snack craft is before you that you are scratching your head about? Chime in with a comment /question and I’ll help if I can!