Crafting takes a lot out of us – so we usually need a good healthy snack to hit the spot after a big playdate. There are so many adorable beachy snack ideas on Pinterest (beach bum teddy grahams! Gone fishin’ snack mix! Gummy shark jell-o cups!) so it was easy to feel inspired. These Strawberry Sea Creature Bagel Bites with a blue cream cheese ocean were the perfect result!
It was a toss up between calling this a crab or an octopus… I was very happy with the little octopus babies until Jasper saw his and immediately said “ooooh crabby! pinch pinch!” so we’ll just call them sea creatures for now :-p
Craft/Activity/Snack: Strawberry Sea Creature Bagel Bites with Blueberry Cream Cheese
Objective: Healthy, filling snack to tempt little ones’ imaginations and their taste buds
Skills Utilized: N/A
Suggested Reading: Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
Ingredients: (for 2 bagel bites)
1 mini bagel
2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese
small handful of blueberries
4 strawberries (2 small, 2 large)
4 candy eyes or chocolate chips
First, start by mashing ripe blueberries. To intensify the flavor you can use frozen/thawed blueberries or cooked blueberries. Add the mashed blueberries to the cream cheese with some food coloring. To get the color we achieved, it was 2 drops of blue with 1 drop of green. (Without food coloring, the cream cheese mixture will be a purplish-pink color). Combine until relatively smooth. If your blueberries are too tart, you may need to add a teaspoon of confectioners sugar to cut through it.
Next, core the strawberries. Put the two smaller strawberries aside. Cut the larger 2 strawberries into 8 pieces. Attach eyes to the smaller strawberries using a bit of the cream cheese mixture on the reverse side.
Smear a dollop of the cream cheese mixture onto each bagel half. Place the strawberry octopus head into the center and arrange the ‘tentacles’ around it.
And just like that, you’ll have two little octopus friends…. or crabs if you so choose :-p
Jasper was so smitten with his “crabby” and could barely stop smiling enough to talk. When he did, he kept saying, “Japper try one? Mama? Japper try one, now!” One for Jasper and one for mama. Luckily too because it was really good. Deconstructed, it’d be a great breakfast too! Because who has time to be creating octopuses before the coffee has been brewed anyway?!?
Just be prepared for some blue faces and strawberry-stained shirts if your littles are anything like mine.
- Encourage your child to draw an octopus… remember, 8 tentacles!
- Discuss the sea habitat and what other animals may be found living near an octopus
- Visit an orchard to pick fresh blueberries and strawberries like we did at Weaver’s Orchard