Updated: Aug 8, 2021
I decided our snack to eat while enjoying fireworks this year should also be a learning experience. This recipe teaches about the American Flag as each part of the flag has a tasty snack counterpart. The kids can learn about the symbolism of each component while making the mix. We made one batch early so we can share it with readers. We added our snack mix to a bowl of popcorn.🍿 I also linked a few videos below for kids that teach about the American Flag.
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Any Cereal with Stars
White Chocolate Chips or White Candy Melting Wafers
*The amount you use of each ingredient is totally up to you!*
1. 50 Stars
The first thing we did was count out 50 stars from the cereal we got from Stater Bros. If you can't find a star cereal at your local store, Amazon has a reasonable priced star cereal here. Then we dipped them in melted white chocolate and set then out to dry. *A little tip from some trial trial and error. My kids make chocolate dipped pretzels using a fork and dipping the pretzel in a bowl of chocolate. This method does not work well with small stars and little hands. Smearing the chocolate on a plate and having them use a baby fork or a toothpick works much better.*
2. Red and White Stripes
There are 13 stripes on the flag which represent the 13 original colonies. 7 are red, and 6 are white. The red stands for hardiness, courage and valor, while the white stands for innocence and purity.
For the red stripes in our snack mix, we used Twizzlers. We took 7 licorice strips and cut them into smaller pieces about 2 inches long.
Next, for the white stripes we used mini marshmallows. Use as little or as much as you like!
The blue square on the flag stands for vigilance, perseverance & justice. My boys separated out all the blue M&Ms from the red and white in a 4th of July themed bag of M&Ms.
4. Finally, we added our mix to a bowl of popcorn!
While the kids are making the mix, or while they are enjoying it, they can actually play with their food and make a flag.
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