7 Fun Recipes Kids Can Make Over Spring Break

Fend off your family's impending stir-craziness with an afternoon in the kitchen.

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It’s one thing to spend spring break in a tropical locale, cocktail in hand. But it’s a whole other thing to spend the week holed up at home with the kids — and nothing to do. Consult this list of easy, tasty recipes when you’ve hit a lull … or, you know, when everyone gets hungry.

In a way, cooking is always about self-expression, but kids will likely get more excited by this literal interpretation: their hands starring as cookies, decorated with all the icing and sprinkles they want.

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Dipping frozen bananas in chocolate and peanuts couldn’t be easier for kids to do. Plus, as Ellie Krieger shows us, a little goes a long way, so this recipe is healthy, too.

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Sure, you could have everyone top his or her own pizza for dinner. But having kids skewer the ingredients (even little squares of dough!) is way more novel.

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No matter if it’s still frigid in your neck of the woods — Ree Drummond’s stripy pops come together with frozen berries, so you can bypass the subpar fruit that’s likely still in your produce aisle right now.

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Call a zucchini a pirate ship and have kids give it a tomato-skewered mast, and dinner is no longer just a pile of vegetables — it’s an adventure.

A healthier version of cereal treats, these little guys have apricots, flax seeds and sunflower seeds — and little hands can easily mix and shape them into balls.

This kid-friendly twist on panzanella offers a cooking job for everyone: Big kids can measure and chop the ingredients, and little kids can stir them and help fill the popovers when they’re done baking.

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