I'm really getting into the festive mood this week, but like most people at this time of year I'm ridiculously busy and time for creative food is rather limited. I recently had a fun idea though that involved pretty much zero effort from me and has been a big hit with Small Child - a DIY Snowman snack!
The first time I made it I used yogurt, which went down very well, but then I had the idea to try the same thing at breakfast time with porridge, and that was a massive hit - Small Child has requested snowman porridge for breakfast every day since!
The idea is simple - provide a bowl full of a white(ish) food such as yoghurt or porridge, add a small bowl or cup full of edible 'snowman parts' and let your child create to their hearts content!
For the snowman snack I've shown here I served up a bowl full of vanilla yogurt. Natural yogurt would be even better - it has less sugar and is whiter in colour, but that's what I had in the fridge at the time.
On the side I provided blueberries, orange smarties and matchmakers chocolate sticks (which I snapped in half) for arms. You could replace any of those with whatever foods you think would work - raisins instead of the blueberries have gone down well here too, or you could try grapes or chocolate chips. Chopped dried apricots would work for the nose, or pretzel sticks for arms - just improvise with whatever you have available to you!
Small Child likes to make his snowman face, eat it along with the top layer of porridge or yoghurt, then make another one, so be sure to provide plenty of 'parts' for creating with!
17 month old Small Baby is more interested in eating than creating with his food at the moment, so he wolfed down his blueberries before they ever made it to the bowl - ah well, there's always next year!