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Cupcakes to Match Your Child’s Books

Cupcakes to Match Your Child’s Books

Glorious summertime is here.  Let the fun begin! We love the summer with less stress and routine, staying up and sleeping later, and having friends and family over for visits.

We spend a lot of time outside, but when those temperatures rise, unless you are swimming, it can become too hot. So as the activities move indoors, we as parents and grandparents want to encourage activities besides just television.

This is a good time to bring out the books. Most school-age children have summer reading and most of your libraries have summer programs for young children. This is a good opportunity to visit your library to check out books for all ages.

As a mother, and now a grandmother, I have always enjoyed book time with the children. My grandson and I have taken our book time a step further. We like to make special snacks to go along with the theme of the book. This is such a great opportunity for you to allow your children’s creativity to come alive.

You can make sweet snacks, savory snacks, or it can even be a lunch snack. My grandson just finished kindergarten. He loves to have books read to him and now loves to read books to me.

So here’s a simple recipe to share for fun cupcakes. We made a batch of cupcakes and decorated them two ways. The first cupcakes are from the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the second are from One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish.

These two books are great books for counting and color skills.  So not only are you eating these delicious snacks, they can help you teach your children about colors and counting. Don’t you love these sneaky ways to include learning into fun! As your children get older, you have to be a little more creative with the books they read, maybe a mystery theme or history.

The important thing is to have fun and do this together. So spend some time reading and then get your creative juices going. Head to the kitchen to make some fun snacks.  Remember to always enjoy the family table.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish Cupcakes

1 batch of your favorite cupcake and frosting recipe (or use a mix and packaged frosting)

Colored candy coated milk chocolate candy

Rainbow sour candy

Colored gummy fish

I used a cake mix for my cupcakes but to make them taste like they are made from scratch, I added milk instead of water and added 2 teaspoons of almond extract. This is a great trick! I also used a white canned frosting and again added 1 teaspoon almond extract.

For the caterpillars: Place the milk chocolate candies on the cupcakes in the shape of a caterpillar and cut the rainbow sour candy in between the colors to look like antennas.

For the fish: Sprinkle the cupcakes with blue sprinkles and then add the fish.

By: Debbie Greenhill

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