Chocolate smiles in the school holidays

Chef Caro helps you with ideas for the school holidays.

by: Caro de Waal: Food24 | 06 Jul 2009

Get ready for the mayhem.

The routine of school is gone, and with energy levels way higher than the fluffy Duracell bunny, our lovely little spawn need a constant stream of fun things to do. These fun things need to…

- Be fun! And hold the attention of the one hundred mile an hour brain – no dropping me off with that cousin that I really don’t get on with, please mum!
- Fit into the ever dwindling budget.

‘What is it?’ I hear you all shouting. Well, as if you didn’t know. It’s cooking of course!

It is creative, fun and can last a whole morning. There is always lots of spoon-licking and huge delighted grins when the finished products come steaming from the oven.

The best thing here is to keep it simple. Minimize fuss, maximize flavour and generally have a ball.

So for breakfast time why don’t you try these easy choc-chip pancakes with honey sauce. The little ones will be over the moon, and you can double the mixture and make tons if you want to. Or you could whip up these funky crumpets with bacon, banana, cheese and syrup. You can add different fillings and have competitions to see whose tower is highest!

For a cool, colourful and healthy snack, this berry smoothie is a winner. And this lovely strawberry milkshake will always puts a smile on that little face.

For an afternoon of fun, try these make-your-own-pizzas. The concoctions can be quite amazing, and will keep the munchkins busy for hours. You can choose your toppings, and go healthy. Or just go the whole hog with melty, popping peppermint Aero, whipped cream and M&Ms. Yummy?

For another lunch idea, these super cheese dogs are easy to make and fingers only please. Well, maybe a paper plate for tomato sauce blops on the floor.

To keep those little hands busy in the afternoon, you can get the munchkins to make their own gingerbread men.You can go crazy, and make gingerbread dogs and cats, postmen and truck drivers. Let their imaginations run wild.

And for a tummy-filling end to your day, try these cute baby bunny chows. You could also try different fillings and let the kiddies build-a-bunny.

Lots of holiday love!

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