Roasted chickpeas and butterfly toddler snack idea

Penelope is now in preschool at a Cooperative which means I get to be involved! Once a month I am in the classroom and on those days it is my responsibility to bring a snack.  Last Thursday was my first volunteer/snack day and I decided to make something whimsical and fun…because I’m just not capable of cutting up some fruit or opening a package of cracker and handing it out to kids lol. I must make it a craft of course!  That is where these yummy little critters were born.

First Penelope and I set out to make the butterfly snack bags.  For this you will need the following items:

  • metal alligator hair clips (found at sally beauty supply in a big old box)
  • pipe cleaner (cut in half
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun
  • ziploc bags
  • sewing machine or hand sewing notions
  • ribbon as wide as the alligator clips are

First you will want to take the clips and clip them onto a piece of cardboard or something to make them easier to work with.

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Next you will take the ribbon and hot glue it to the back underside of the clips (after cutting each ribbon to the length of the longer side of the clip that is)

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Then you will apply glue to the longer side of the clip and press the ribbon down on to it. Careful not to glue the clips to the cardboard!

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Now take each half of the pipe cleaner and feed it through the channel at the top of the clip. Twist the pipe cleaner together a few times and then shape the antennae as desired

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Now glue on the google eyes! you can also draw on a cute little smile under the eyes at this point if you wish. i used a sharpie and it worked well.

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Your little bug bodies are now ready to be clipped onto the bags of filled snacks!

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Now take your ziploc bags and sew down the center of each to make two compartments. You don’thave to do this but I was making two flavors od chickpeas and i didn’t want the savory and the sweet to mix.

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Now take your chickpeas in the can and drain them, rinse them then lay them out on paper towels. Roll them in the towels to dry them off and remove as many skins as you are able. Then lay them in a flat layer on a cookie sheet and roast for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Take them out and let them cool then put them back in for another 30 minutes. When they are nice and crispy, pull them out.

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Have your flavorings ready! For my savory I mixed 1 teaspoon seasoning salt and 1/2 teaspoon cumin with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  For the sweet I mixed 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon honey.

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mix the chickpeas (while still hot) into the flavors you prepared.  Let them cool and then spoon them into your bags and apply the clips in the middle! Voila!  A cute, yummy, healthy snack for the kiddos!

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