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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 our small cook’s face is any indication, this ABC Snack recipe is a winner!

Mashing up avocado Child 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.
Child putting vegetables in avocado Happy child eating healthy snack

Teaching Tips

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Photo credit: Rachel Neumann

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JAMB Sweet S

says:

This is wonderful…. a lot of kids will like this. Learning alphabet at the same time getting some kind of creativity.

Robin E.

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Yes! Making this Appetizing Alligator with children is great in so many ways. It is creative and fun together, plus it reinforces the letter A and it’s short sound, plus it’s a healthy snack. What’s not to like?

jerry

says:

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.

Misty

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

Athena

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My children love All About Reading and it is Ziggy that brightens their day. They want Ziggy to help them with ALL their schoolwork.

erica k

says:

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

Decia Newby

says:

My kids will love this!

Sarah

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

Gina

says:

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

Timura

says:

My son would love this! So cute!

Rachel Dale

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Looks like a yummy way to learn!

Stacie F

says:

Looks delicious!

Angie

says:

Love this!

Pamela Stallings

says:

This is so cute and fun!

Cathey Cook

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I am a retired special ed. teacher and now helping my daughter homeschool her 3 children. I do think AAR is the best reading program I have ever used!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Cathey! That is high praise indeed!

Amber

says:

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

Jenny Lenczycki

says:

Cute!

Heather Bertrand

says:

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

says:

We love avocado! What a fun idea!!

Heather

says:

Cute snack!

Erica

says:

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!

Shonda Boutin

says:

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

Jennifer

says:

I love this idea… My kids will, too!

Lisa O

says:

That is a really cute and fun idea

Nicole

says:

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

Brandy Heard

says:

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!

Amy Helfrich

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

Angela

says:

This looks really yummy!

Cindy

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This is great!

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