Let’s make some fall trail mix that is so easy to make that kids of all ages can help. Older kids are going to be able to do this independently! The other benefit of making your own trail mix is you can choose the ingredients and picky kids can help make those decisions.
Trail mix is one of those snack foods that can be made for any occasion. Does your family have a favorite trail mix recipe?
Kids Activities Blog loves projects like this to let kids get creative and to build their independence. We hope you get some new ideas with this home made trail mix and add it to your fall menu!
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Homemade Trail Mix Recipe for Kids
Last week, we decided to make our own Homemade Fall Trail Mix. We talked about how fun it would be to mix all our favorite snack items together. So we made a list of what we would like to go in the snack…
“Brainstorm BIG here! What are your favorite snacks?”
Of course, my 3 year old came up with goldfish and m&m’s and fruit snacks and pumpkin candies. Perfect opportunity to discuss healthy snacks!
We came up with a list of 6 items to add to our Trail Mix, balancing the healthy with the treats. We are calling it a sweet and salty homemade trail mix recipe!
Ingredients for Fall Trail Mix Recipe
- Goldfish Crackers
- Cheese Crackers
- Candy Corn
- Dried Fruit
- Cereal (Cheerios are great!)
- Chocolate Chips
Start with including the kids in the shopping trip to pick out the trail mix ingredients. If you have more than one child, you could have each pick out a certain number of ingredients (start with taking inventory at home).
We had a great time shopping. It gave my son a boost of confidence that Mom was allowing him to shop for the ingredients.
With a scoop or cup, measure the ingredients into a large bowl. This is where you can control the portions of what goes into the trail mix. Maybe you decide that there is 5x as many healthy ingredients than candy. Older kids can help figure out the ratios. For younger kids, you can simply guide them in the number of scoops of each ingredient.
Gently stir together.
He poured it into a decorative jar to leave on the kitchen counter or measure into individual bags to grab on the go.
Our Experience Making Homemade Trail Mix
It wasn’t so much the trail mix that made this kids activity special. It was giving my son the freedom to make the decisions in creating our recipe. Yes, he had a little guidance, but seeing him make the choices helped him gain a bit more independence. When the rest of the family got home, he enjoyed showing his trail mix to each of them, explaining what was in it and allowing them to “try” it.
That said, it was a pretty yummy treat and was gone the very next day! But a simple task like this gave me great one-on-one time with my son, which was the best outcome of all!
Kids in the Kitchen
I always invite my kids in the kitchen while I am cooking. I want them to see what I am doing, ask questions, be curious about the food I am making, and most importantly, see that cooking is fun. From very little, my daughter has always wanted to help me cook. It’s a great way for her to see that cooking is easy, hopefully she will grow to enjoy it as much as I have.
Recently, I have invited my 3 year old watch me cook. He stands on the step stool and we talk our way through cutting up vegetables (This is a squash. What color is it?), stirring pots, and tasting our yummy creations.
More Easy Recipes Kids Can Make
A trail mix recipe such as this one is more than just food. Kids freedom and independence are created when you give them choices like this one to make a simple, home made trail mix.
Let’s see what other fall menu items we have at Kids Activities Blog to get your kids in the kitchen:
- Eating for Kids: Easy Recipes your Kids will Love that are fun and easy to make.
- Create Homemade Peanut Butter Cups that are finger lickin’ good!
- Make Your Own Granola: Perfect Toddler Cooking Activity
- Hot chocolate mug cake recipe is so easy and good!
- This microwave S Mores recipe is so easy and tasty and kids can help.
- Pudding pop recipe easy that kids love.
- Easy cinnamon muffin recipe that kids love and can help with!
- Let’s make applesauce cookies!
- Make homemade cake mix and then each cake is easier than you can imagine!
- Breakfast balls are one of our favorite easy on the go recipe!
- Let’s make homemade pop tarts!
- Psst…we have a big list for healthy snacks for picky eaters!
How did your homemade fall trail mix turn out? What ingredients did your kids add?