Treat for Kids: Foil Surprise Balls

My little guys LOVE surprises of all kinds!

Whenever we want to get them excited about an activity or something we are going to do all we need to include is the word ‘Surprise!’ to get their hearts full of anticipation. We began creating Foil Surprise Balls for car trips, airplane trips, trips to the park, and other outings as a Great Fine-Motor Skill {in disguise} and as a Surprise Snack.

What are Foil Surprise Balls?

Foil ‘Surprise’ Balls are such a fun treat, and can be made ahead of time by parents for a ‘complete surprise’ or prepared by kids and parents together. We love to make a few, toss them into a large Ziploc bag, and then let each boy select their own when it is time for a snack. They love the anticipation of what they will select or find inside. I love that a small healthy snack can be thrown into the mix and then, appreciated much more than if I would offer it by itself!

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  • Foil
  • Small Finger Food Snacks
  • Large Ziploc Bag

Foil ‘Surprise Balls’ Directions:

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1. Cut pieces of foil and lay on the counter.

2. Place small finger food snacks in the center of each piece of foil.

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3. Gently crinkle and crumble the foil into a ball; and add an extra layer or two of foil for those really clever little ones!

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 Toss them into a Ziploc bag to take with you. If the snacks need to stay cool, place the Ziploc into a cooler with an ice pack.

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Surprise! Enjoy!

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is wife, a mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She writes at Cheerios and Lattes where she shares activities for young children addressing all types of pre-school skills such as gross and fine motor, behavior suggestions, and pre-reading ideas. You’ll also find many great recipes, DIY projects, and projects for families to work on together. Join Cheerios and Lattes on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter as @Cheerios_Lattes.