5 Fun Summer Snacks For The Kids You're Babysitting

By Tamiera Vandegrift on June 11, 2016

The sun outside might be blazing, but you’ll seriously feel like the coolest babysitter in the world for serving up some of these fantastic snacks for your kids. These summer recipes are crafty, creative, and a copious amount of fun (had to keep my alliteration game going strong!). Channel your inner Demi Lovato and try some of these summer snacks for kids to stay cool for the summer.

Watermelon Pops

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Nothing says summer like the sweet scent of watermelons and the chilly taste of a popsicle to defeat the dry, scorching rays of the sun. Mixing the two is nothing short of a marriage, or snack, made in heaven. Watermelon pops are both healthy and delicious, making them a perfect snack for kids while they play by the pool or the seaside. They can even be perfect for lounging around in the house. Watermelon pops are as enjoyable to make as they are to eat, and we haven’t even gotten to the health benefits yet! Watermelon will keep your kids hydrated while they spend time in the sun, as they’re made up of mostly water and contain important electrolytes.

You will need:

•4.5 cups of watermelon
•Salt
•Sugar
•Popsicle sticks, or toothpicks
•Pop molds or ice cube trays

Check out the full recipe here.

Ice Cream “Flopsicles”

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What do you get when you cross a soda and ice cream float with a popsicle? An ice cream “flopsicle”! With ice cream or frozen yogurt and your choice of beverage, your kids could enjoy a wide variety of flavored combinations. Some ideas are: vanilla ice cream with grape soda, vanilla ice cream with root beer, vanilla ice cream with Dr. Pepper, and chocolate ice cream with cream soda. Feel free to experiment and find the most creative flavor combo!

These sweet treats will make it seem like you’re coming right from the local ice cream parlor, perfect for everything from indoor adventures to outdoor shenanigans. You’ll find yourself falling back into the nostalgia of childhood with this snack, enjoying these creative concoctions just as much as your kids will, if not more! Just beware the sugar rush.

You will need:

•18, 3-ounce Dixie cups
•One gallon of ice cream
•Soda flavor of your choosing
•Popsicle sticks
•Baking dish
•Spatula

Check out the full recipe here.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

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Just the thought of chocolate will be enough to make your kids go bananas! Come to think of it, why not add a little bit of that good ol’ Chiquita to an already perfect ingredient? These chocolate covered bananas are surprisingly healthy when prepared correctly with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

These tasty snacks are loaded with potassium, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C! Not to mention, they’re super easy to make and can be customized with your own personal touch, whether that’s a sprinkling of walnut bits or sprinkles! The possibilities for this snack are only limited to your imagination and the imagination of your kids. Now, go on. Go bananas! (That’s the last time I’m making that pun, I promise.)

You will need:

•4 bananas
•8 popsicle/craft sticks
•6 ounces of dark chocolate

Check out the full recipe here.

Ants on a Log

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Entomophobes, beware! This creepy, crawly nostalgic snack will have your kids stoked about entomology sooner than you may have imagined, or at least they’ll be stoked about culinary entomology. Using just some celery, a few raisins, and peanut butter, your kids can create a fun, creative treat of their very own. You can encourage your kids to be imaginative and decorate their logs however they wish!

This imaginative, fun snack is easy for kids to make and both healthy and tasty for them to enjoy. Celery is a great source of potassium, fiber, and calcium, while the raisins are plentiful in iron and vitamin B. Ants on a log would be a perfect snack for any time of day when your kids are feeling adventurous and creative!

You will need:

•5 stalks of celery
•1/2 cup of peanut butter
•1/4 cup of raisins

Check out the full recipe here.

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Flowers

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What could be better than a relaxing afternoon of arts and crafts? Making those arts and crafts an edible snack! If you and your kids would like to make a culinary creation that’s so simple, yet worthy of copious bragging via Pinterest and Instagram, these fruity, flowery creations are definitely for you.

All you need is some of your kids’ favorite fruits (watermelon and cantaloupe will work the best!) and your combined imaginations. While the flowers of summer are fully in bloom, make some summer magic of your own with a few cookie cutters and tasty fruit dishes to create a summer snack that’s both imaginative and healthy.

You will need:

•Fruit (You may want to avoid fibrous fruits, like mangoes and pineapples, because they’re harder to cut.)
•Cookie cutters
•Popsicle sticks

Check out the full recipe here.

Tamiera is a senior at Florida State University, studying Editing, Writing & Media and Digital Media Production. When she's not geeking out about movies and puppy videos, she's on her way to a career in screenwriting, while working intensely to finish a few novels before graduation. Besides writing, Tamiera is otherwise obsessed with Coldplay, feminism, dystopian novels, and various types of junk food. She hopes to see one of her works on the silver screen and eventually finish an entire tube of Chapstick.

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