30 Kid-Friendly Recipes Fun To Make and Eat

Celebrate International Children’s Day With Fun and Healthy Foods

happy children playing
Photo credits Joseph Samson, Pixabay. Thank you for a picture that speaks a thousand words!

Each summer, the first day of June was a massive deal for me throughout my childhood years. International Children’s Day was and still is celebrated in Romania with a big bang, live shows, all sorts of activities, gifts and lots of love for the little ones.

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I know the world celebrates on different occasions, but to be honest, every day is children’s day. We don’t need a special moment to remember to appreciate the best we have, do we? And indeed, nobody needs reminding to spoil the little people in our lives!

I continued to celebrate on June 1st as I grew up and perpetuated the tradition in my family, no matter where we lived and when the respective country celebrated. International means international!

Children continuously remind us of one important truth: everything in this world should be FUN! This is what childhood is for!

There is enough trouble in the world as it is, but the children should never have to acknowledge it! Their only business is to live a happy childhood and grow up free of worries. They will have plenty to worry about as adults!

Here are a few suggestions of kid-friendly recipes, healthy, fun to make and eat that any child likes. You will also find some pretty and creative ideas for the more picky ones. Some might need a little more imagination on our part in learning how to make healthy choices.

At the end of the post, you will find valuable advice on how to best photograph your little ones and dehydrate foods that are fun to eat or use dry.

Children of all ages all over the world have a magnificent International Children’s Day! And adults everywhere, MAKE SURE this happens! I will certainly do my part, as always!

Kid-Friendly Recipes For Any Meal-Time

  1. Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins
kid-friendly almond flour blueberry muffins

Recipe provided by theworldisanoyster.com

I doubt there is a child in this work who does not like muffins! Although I’ve heard of one who does not like chocolate! WOW! If anyone knows what that is and how can I get it, please share! I could not extract any tips from the said child’s parents. They are like me, too – in perpetual search of an effective treatment for chocolate addiction! Same genes, right?

2. Snowman Hard-Boiled Eggs

snowman boiled eggs

Recipe provided by www.bakingbeauty.net

Kids don’t care about “healthy” but surely care about “fun”. There is but one way to persuade them – heavy use of one’s imagination!

3. Heart-shaped Banana & Oatmeal Pancakes

healthy banana oatmeal pancakes kid-friendly

Recipe provided by theworldisanoyster.com

If not on rushed school days, perhaps when more time is available, it is worth treating the little ones with a different choice of breakfast rather than sugar-packed cereals. Of course, pancakes are fun, but they can also be kid-friendly and healthy with just a few simple substitutions. Just get the funny face or cartoon faces pancake pan from the cupboard!

4. Three Ingredient Banana Berry Nice Cream

nice cream

Recipe provided by creativegreenliving.com.

If you haven’t heard the buzz about nice cream yet, you are in for a tasty treat! Way healthier than high in fats and sugar ice cream, nice cream is the healthy treat of your dreams.  

5. Quinoa Vegan Nuggets

 kid-friendly quinoa nuggets recipe

Recipe provided by bohemianvegankitchen.com

Any kid loves nuggets, and especially dipping them in salsa, and then licking their fingers, and mucking their faces – because it is fun! I’m all for fun, as long as there is room for healthy foods in the diet, too!

6. “Veggie Faces” No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps

veggie faces

Ideas provided by twohealthykitchens.com.

We have all heard, at some point in our lives, “don’t play with the food!” Is that good advice or bad advice? Hmm…

7. Oven-baked Beet Chips

beetroot chips kid-friendly oven baked

Recipe provided by pinkfortitude.com.

Now, beet chips are something I would bake for kids to eat and pinch from the bowl when they are not looking! It sounds terrible, I know! But, honestly, would you resist?

8. Mild Chicken Fajitas

kid-friendly mild fajitas

Recipe provided by amummytoo.co.uk.

If you are looking for an easy dinner that the kids will actually eat after having fun wrapping it, then this is the recipe for you!

9. Vegan Bruschetta

ladybugs kid-friendly snack

Recipe provided by vegandollhouse.com

Tomato ladybugs are cute snacks for kids and a perfect appetizer for any occasion. I know a fussy eater who refuses to touch tomatoes; perhaps this is the perfect solution to persuade them!

10. Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice

pumpkin juice

Recipe provided by healthyrecipes101.com.

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you probably know that pumpkin juice is a popular drink in the books. Rest assured, this drink is magic: it only takes fifteen minutes to make (if you misplaced your witch wand!); it is especially kid-friendly and can be served hot, warm, or cold.

11. Allergen Friendly Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies

sweet potato healthy cookies

Recipe provided by thishealthykitchen.com.

Vegan sweet potato cookies are healthy enough for breakfast and tasty enough for dessert, making a perfect choice for school or workplace safe snacks.

12. Spaghetti Squash Tater Tots

healthy spaghetti squash tater tots

Recipe provided by wholesomefamilyliving.com.

For a fun and healthy side, try these easy to make spaghetti squash tater tots every child loves! Why not get your kids involved in the kitchen and have them help out rolling the tater tots they will eat?

13. Mr Potato Head Fruit Tray

Mr potato head

Instructions provided by getyourholidayon.com.

Use your creative zest and transform Mr Potato Head Fruit Tray into a healthy and fun themed treat that kids and adults will love for a birthday party or celebration.

Non-edible accessories here:

14. Healthy Chocolate Rice Bubble Slice

chocolate rice bubble

Recipe provided by simplifycreateinspire.com.

Not only does it taste amazing, but it also uses healthy ingredients, so you can feel like a total BOSS when you serve it up for your kids! Or sneak half a tray worth when no one else is looking!

15. Broccoli Nuggets

broccoli nuggets

Recipe provided by joyfilledeats.com.

If you are looking for new ways to get some greens into your kid’s diet, this recipe would be perfect. Requiring only five ingredients, broccoli nuggets make a healthy side dish or snack.

16. Indonesian Chicken Satay

kid-friendly and fun chicken satay

Recipe provided by soyummyrecipes.co.uk

This can be a great choice for dinner, fun to make, fun to eat and a great way to introduce the little ones to international cuisines.

17. No Bake Carrot Cake Balls

carrot cake balls

Recipe provided by servedfromscratch.com.

If you are looking for a healthy snack for your little ones (and yourself), these carrot cake balls offer just that! Forget about the oven for once!

18. Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

healthy, kid-friendly banana bread

Recipe provided by cookingwithcarbs.com.

Banana bread is everybody’s favourite, no matter the age. There is always room for a slice of healthy goodness!

19. Open faced sandwich

face sandwich

Recipe provided by flavourstreat.com.

Not even the pickiest eater will resist a cute sandwich, fun to make and even more fun to eat! Needless to say, it teaches the little ones that making healthy food choices is fun too.

20. Spinach & Cheese Muffins

spinach and cheese muffins

Recipe provided by www.mamazilla.co.uk.

These savoury spinach & cheese muffins are delicious, easy to hold by little hands and a great snack for days out or school lunches. Super yummy, super healthy and super kid-friendly!

21. Healthy Homemade Jello Fruit & Veggie Snack

jello kid-friendly snack

Recipe provided by foodmeanderings.com.

Could something sinful be made out of fruit and vegetables? J-hello! It’s so tasty that the kids don’t even notice it has spinach in it. And if they do notice, it is so good that they don’t seem to care!


22. Homemade Gluten-Free Teddy Grahams

graham teddies

Recipe provided by strengthandsunshine.com.

Teddy Grahams are a kid-friendly snack time favourite, vegan, top eight allergy-free, even sugar-free and whole-grain! A recipe with options for different flavour variations, these adorable little bears will be gobbled up by little hands (and big ones too!)

23. Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip

brownie dip

Recipe provided by momthelunchlady.ca.

When you run out of ideas of how to entertain fussy eaters, perhaps it is worth trying a fun treat in the shape of a dip. Because kids find comfort in dipping healthy foods in smooth, flavourful dips, don’t they?

24. Sandwich Kabobs For Picnics

picnic kabobs

Recipe provided savingyoudinero.com.

Little ones will eat anything on a stick because it is just more fun that way, according to any kid’s perfectly valid rationale. You only need kabob sticks and their favourite fruits.  Sandwich kabobs for school lunches? Well, we are always searching for kid-friendly recipes, are we not?

25. Easy Fruit Sparkler

fruit sparkler

Recipe provided by liltigers.net.

Perfect for any summer BBQ, get together, or party, fruits sparklers will catch everyone’s eyes. Besides, it would be a great activity for kids to make their own healthy sparklers!

26. Dark Chocolate Hummus

dark chocolate hummus

Recipe provided by asweetalternative.com.

Everybody is happy when healthy meets fun! Why didn’t I think about this before? Not only is this a kid-friendly recipe; it sounds perfect for grown-ups, too!

27. Simple Homemade Baby Food Recipes

healthy homemade baby foods

Collage provided by tasteasyougo.com.

There is that lovely occasion when you introduce babies to solid foods for the first time. Ahh! Here you will find plenty of homemade baby food ideas with instructions for batch freezing.

28. Galaxy Fudge

galaxy fudge kid-friendly

Recipe provided by sugarspiceneverythingnice.com.

It is called “galaxy fudge” because it looks like the actual solar system has arrived in your kitchen to satisfy all your and your kid’s snacking needs. Plus, it is literally out of this world!

29. Watermelon Ice Lollies

watermelon ice lollies

Recipe provided by keep-calm-and-eat-ice-cream.com.

Refreshing, with no added sugar and easy to make, watermelon lollies are everybody’s summer dream. I’m sure all children agree!

30. Organic, Vegan and GMO Free, Maca Popsicles

kid-friendly maca popsicle recipe

Recipe provided by conflictedvegan.com.

You know it’s good when it is made with superfoods, organic and GMO-free products. Popsicles are fun and healthy for kids of all ages when made the right way!

4 Tips for Taking Adorable Photos of Your Little One

photographing children

Ideas provided by essentiallysydney.com

You don’t need a fancy camera to capture priceless photos of your little one! Check this out for great advice!

Food Dehydrator Tips: 7 Amazing Foods to Dry

dry foods

Advice provided by fluxingwell.com.

If you own a food dehydrator or plan on buying one, check these valuable tips on what and how to dehydrate and store foods for future use. Ah, I love alliteration too!

I hope this collection will help in choosing fun and healthy foods for the kids in your lives. Enjoy celebrating and please spread the word! Thank you!

Celebrate International Children’s Day With Fun and Healthy Foods

The World Is An Oyster

Working as a journalist during university was pretty exciting. But landing a cruise ship job barely a year in my new graduate career was something else! Overnight, I moved from an already exhilarating job to an even better one. One that would allow me to wake up every morning in a different country. What more can a twenty-something wish for? The fact that I was fluent in a few languages helped. It made it easier to obtain the position I was seeking at the Shore Excursions department. Apart from dispatching tours in the morning and selling tickets in the evening, I would spend nearly every day on different trips. I did this a few years, spending half a year onboard and about two months at home. I enjoyed it immensely. I met fascinating people from all over the Globe and collected memories to last me a lifetime. Not to mention that I received a salary for seeing all those magnificent places the Earth has to offer! In an ideal world, everybody should live as they want. For me, that would translate into travel, then travel some more and keep travelling!

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52 Responses

  1. Jeanine says:

    This is a fantastic selection of children’s recipes something great for everyone

  2. Shilpa says:

    This is such a lovely collection. I can’t wait to try them for my kids.

  3. Sue says:

    What a great collection, pinning this now so I always know where to find it!

  4. There are so many fun ideas here! my niece and nephew would love these

  5. Love the idea of these kid friendly recipes! I am having a party soon and my friends have kids so I will have to make some of these!

  6. Ok, these are all amazing and I want to try them all! Fabulous list, all around.

  7. Luca says:

    These are indeed great and friendly recipes for kids. Can’t wait to share them with my nephews!

  8. Jerika says:

    I love these recipes! Especially it is supporting kids health, I love it! I can’t wait to try each of your recipe. Thanks!:)

  9. Linda says:

    How cute are these recipes?! I used to put in the extra effort for my son’s packed lunches when he was younger — he would have loved some of these! Heck…I want to make and eat some of these now…that galaxy fudge looks so fun!

  10. What a delicious ideas. I showed a few to my kids and they’re already heading to the kitchen to prepare them!

  11. michele says:

    Love love these fun ideas – especially the snowman! It’s on my list to make next holiday!

  12. Kay says:

    So many fantastic ideas, my daughter is going to love those watermelon lollies! And I love the galaxy fudge!

  13. Holly says:

    What fun recipes for kids of all ages. PINNED! Thank you for including my beet chips. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

  14. These look delicious! I will have to try some of them with my kids, especially the ones with the faces, that would be great for my toddler!

  15. Shellie Lynn says:

    Getting kids excited about eating real food (not packaged, processed snacks) is so important. I wish it could be easier because busy mamas don’t always have the time or energy to whip up healthy snacks. But you give some good suggestions here 🙂

  16. Kari says:

    I love the idea of letting my little make funny faces on her tortillas, so much fun, and tasty too! She’s just starting to “be a good helper” as she calls it so I know she’ll love some of these kid-friendly recipes!

  17. This is such a cool holiday. I had never heard of about this day before. I love all the ideas

  18. The Mr. Potato Head one is hilarious lol! And I love all the cute animal ones as well. This is such a great list. I’ll definitely be trying some of these fun recipe ideas with my toddler. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Alisha says:

    Oh my goodness! There are so many great recipes in here! Thanks so much for sharing! Definitely saving this for future reference!

  20. Jordan says:

    Great Recipes to try with my kids! I’m especially excited for my son to try Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice! He is into HP books and movies! My daughter loves chocolate chip banana bread too! Thanks for sharing. Eating healthy for kids can be fun too!

  21. These kid-friendly recipes are awesome…especially love the veggie faces! Thanks so much…I can’t wait to try these recipes with my grandchildren!

  22. AISilva says:

    I love the idea of trying to find foods that are both healthy AND fun. It will definitely make convincing our kids to eat healthy a bit easier! thanks for this great post!

  23. What a great post, so many great recipes in one place. That’s awesome how Romania celebrates International Children’s Day; I wish we do that here in America. Thank you for putting this post together.

  24. Claudia says:

    I don’t have kids but I’m gonna try some of these recipes for myself! they look so fun and delicious!

  25. Hannah says:

    Everything here looks and sounds delicious! I enjoy cooking and can’t wait to try some of these recipes

  26. Katherine says:

    What a great list! I have to go get my popsicles moulds from the basement! That snowman was amazing. What an awesome idea. So many creative ideas thanks so much for sharing

  27. Wow, so many choices of good things to eat. I would love to try the oven baked beet chips.

  28. Marita says:

    Great posts, thank you I am always looking for inspiration on what to make with my kids.

  29. Rachael says:

    This is a great list of kid-friendly recipes. I can’t wait to try the gluten-free teddy grahams. My gluten/dairy-free family will love them. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Kimberlie says:

    Fabulous list of meals for kids, just in time for summer vacation. We will be trying many of these.

  31. Jana says:

    You’ve given us such a wonderful list of recipes! I have picky eaters and am always looking for fun ways to get them to try new things. This list is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  32. PearPerson says:

    All of these look amazing and easy to do! Great ideas. Thank you for this list 🙂

  33. Sue says:

    I always like to make fun things when my granddaughter comes to visit, but there are a few things here that I will make even when she’s not around! LOL

  34. Jeannie says:

    Even adults will surely enjoy these treats! I already see my faves.

  35. Nora says:

    What great kid friendly recipes! There are quite a few in there that my daughter will love!

  36. What a great post! There are so many fun ideas for foods with kids. Would have never thought of using a Mr Potato head doll as a fruit tray. I wonder what other foods I can do that with! Those foods with faces are cute too! Thanks for including us in this great list!

  37. Andra says:

    They all look like super useful ideas and recipes 😀

  38. This is such a great collection of fun and healthy recipes for kids and adults alike. Thank you for including my Rocky Road Dip 🙂

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