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A Is for Appetizing Alligator

Snacks that start with A - an appetizing alligator

If the sight of vegetables makes your little one say “see you later, alligator,” this snack is for you!

Alligators dream of eating lunch with their big teeth and powerful jaws, but this healthy and delicious recipe turns the tables on those ravenous reptiles.

It may be a healthy treat, but assembling and eating this appetizing alligator is an adventure, and I don’t think you’ll have any trouble convincing your kids to stick around for the fun!

And though alligators and preschoolers both turn up their noses at a plate full of vegetables, your little ones won’t be able to resist this adorable snack.

If the look on June’s face in the photos below is any indication, this snack recipe is a winner!

Mashing up avocadoChild and mother making snack

Appetizing Alligator Veggies and Dip

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this snack:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large and 1 small cucumber
  • 1 black olive
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut avocado in half length-wise and remove pit.
  2. Spoon avocado out of shell and set aside shells.
  3. Mash avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Fill one half of the shell with mashed avocado mixture. Place on plate to form the alligator’s head.
  5. Slice cucumbers, bell pepper, and carrots.
  6. Chop slices of carrots into teeth-shaped pieces.
  7. Use two small cucumber slices to form eyes at one end of the filled avocado.
  8. Use carrot pieces to form teeth around the edges of the filled avocado.
  9. Position the remaining cucumber slices behind the avocado to form the alligator’s body and tail.
  10. Position four bell pepper slices to form the alligator’s legs.

Variations:

  • Stir any of your favorite guacamole ingredients into your avocado mixture.
  • Use zucchini slices instead of cucumber.

Adapted from Parents.com

Child putting vegetables in avocadoHappy child eating healthy snack

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jerry

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It looks like alot of fun for spelling.

Mrs. Rasmussen

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We’ve been doing these snacks all summer and my daughter is really enjoying them.

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This looks like lots of fun! I’ll have to share this with my sister.

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How fun this is!! I know a 3 year old little girl that will enjoy these yummy alphabet treats. : )

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My kids will love this!

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This is so inspiring! Another way of engaging all the sences.

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What a fun & yummy way to learn the alphabet! My 3 year old will love helping me make these snacks!

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My son would love this! So cute!

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Looks like a yummy way to learn!

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Looks delicious!

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Love this!

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This is so cute and fun!

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Thank you, Cathey! That is high praise indeed!

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So cute! Nothing like fun with foods to encourage letter recognition :)

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Cute!

Heather Bertrand

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This idea is such a great way to get a healthy snack into the kiddos and include it into the learning process. Great idea.

Lauren Pinion

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We love avocado! What a fun idea!!

Heather

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Cute snack!

Erica

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This is a cute idea. While it may not guarantee that my kids will eat the veggies, this is still a fun way to expose them to different vegetables and add in some fun learning too!

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I can’t wait to try this out with my little one!

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I love this idea… My kids will, too!

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That is a really cute and fun idea

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This a great and creative idea. I will keep it in mind.

Brandy Heard

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I wish my children were more adventurous in their eating habits, so we could make more things like this. :) Just going to keep at it!

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My kiddo will love making this and (I hope) eating this!

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This looks really yummy!

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This is great!

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What a cute idea!!

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What a fun idea! New to homeschooling looking for all the ideas I can get

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Great way to get little ones imaginations going and sneak in some phonics!

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All about Reading/Spelling is a new curriculum for me, but I would love to check it out.

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Fun ideas!

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I should try some of these. I keep trying to think of healthy foods and snacks and these look great!

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Christina,
Some of our ABC Snack recipes are healthier than others, but I think this is one of the healthiest!

Heather G.

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Love this idea! I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate snacks with our teaching time.

Jennifer

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Love this! In our family, we call avocados Gods Butter! Yum!

Amber

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This is a great idea. Would love to try the reading program

Nicolette

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Oh I love the little alligator! Definitely going to try this. We are always “playing” with our food lol

Julie Patterson

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Cute snack, and I love that it’s made with healthy veggies!

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Great snack idea! I love your website, too!

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What a FUN snack!

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Great idea! I’m going to try this with my kids!

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My kids will love these! So cute!

Mandy

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Cute idea! But even cute ideas like this do not get my children to eat veggies beyond the ones they already trust.

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Really enjoying the time I spend with my son going through the Spelling program

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So fun! Love these ideas!

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What a fun idea!!

Tracy

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Great ideas! Mine used to like to make turtles on their plates with half an apple, carrot sticks, peanut butter and raisins. Thanks!

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very creative and cute, not only for the kids but the adults too :)

Nathalie Poling

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I love this! Maybe it will convince my little ones to eat a veggie!

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Nathalie,
If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what will!

Melody

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So cute! Can’t wait to try this with my littles.

Diana

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I am a firm believer that if you want a young child to learn something, the child needs to eat it or sing it! These activities give the children so many opportunities to learn about numerous topics. I love the recipes!

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Diana,
I would add “make it” to eat it or sing it, but agree with the idea completely. Bodies engaged is the way to go with younger learners.

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This looks great!

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I love tips like this. I am not creative at all so this helps me when I want to try something new in the kitchen.

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Penniah,
Isn’t this just so clever?!? Our team has lots of really creative and fun snack ideas that impress me.

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What a need idea for a snack or to have with lunch. I think the kids will really like this and the fun they can have is even better. I really like the tips that you gave. Thank you.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Melody,
This one looks especially fun to make and eat! Enjoy.

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Definitely will try this for A day!!

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Looks so fun!

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so cute!!

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This looks like it would be fun to make with my grand daughters

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Very creative! This would be a great program for my 7 and 5 year old.

Dawn Carmichael

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This is so creative. I’m going to teach my 7 yr old son to make them for his playdates!

How sweet! All of chickadees might be interested in eating avocado now.

Love the alligator! Will definitely have to try it. Thanks for posting.

Kristen Ramey

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What a cute idea, would be fun for a play date too

Such a cute and healthy snack idea! Love it!

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This looks very cute!

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This looks like a blast of fun learning.. I would love to see it in person, before purchasing.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Lydia,
Are you referring to the ABC Snacks? This is a free download. If, however, you were referring to All About Reading or All About Spelling, we have samples available for each level.

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