A homemade hot chocolate mixture is delicious and natural-containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt-and especially economical, compared with store-bought mixes. This mix will keep all winter if stored in an airtight container. A dollop of fresh whipped cream is a perfect complement to a mug of cocoa, but you can also add a pinch of cinnamon for Mexican hot chocolate or a candy cane for a taste of mint.
Older children can use their hand to outline the cookies, drawing around it on the dough with a skewer and using a knife tip to cut along the line. If your child can't participate, make a pattern from a manila folder. Translucent parchment works well for the heart stencil; it will allow you to see the shape of the cookie through it.
When kids make their own tortilla chips, they get to pick the flavor and shape (and you can monitor the ingredients). Brush whole tortillas with melted butter blended with cheese, lemon and herbs, or cinnamon sugar, then cut with a knife or cookie cutters. Once they're baked, package in snack-size bags.
Homemade peanut butter-swirl ice cream is the star of this take on a perennial favorite. Graham crackers are covered with a layer of strawberry jam before the ice cream is sandwiched between them. Chopped peanuts can be pressed into the sides for those who like a bit of crunch
Powered by candle fuel, little cars with cereal wheels wend their way to the party past hand-drawn street signs and gumdrop trees (their trunks are toothpicks). For hills, cut a wavy diagonal line in cooled mix; stand on serving tray. Top with taffy strips; press fringed glassine "grass" to sides.
Ask kids why they love lasagna so much, and they'll probably say "the stretchy cheese!" What they may not realize is that lasagna is easy and fun to make. Try preparing this updated version of the dish, with its quickly made meat sauce and convenient no-boil noodles at home with your kids.