A Is for 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!
Appetizing Alligator Veggies and Dip
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
- Cut avocado in half length-wise and remove pit.
- Spoon avocado out of shell and set aside shells.
- Mash avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Fill one half of the shell with mashed avocado mixture. Place on plate to form the alligator’s head.
- Slice cucumbers, bell pepper, and carrots.
- Chop slices of carrots into teeth-shaped pieces.
- Use two small cucumber slices to form eyes at one end of the filled avocado.
- Use carrot pieces to form teeth around the edges of the filled avocado.
- Position the remaining cucumber slices behind the avocado to form the alligator’s body and tail.
- Position four bell pepper slices to form the alligator’s legs.
- Stir any of your favorite guacamole ingredients into your avocado mixture.
- Use zucchini slices instead of cucumber.
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Photo credit: Rachel Neumann
JAMB Sweet Ssays:
This is wonderful…. a lot of kids will like this. Learning alphabet at the same time getting some kind of creativity.
Robin E.says: Customer Service
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?
It looks like alot of fun for spelling.
We’ve been doing these snacks all summer and my daughter is really enjoying them.
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. : )
My kids will love this!
This is so inspiring! Another way of engaging all the sences.
What a fun & yummy way to learn the alphabet! My 3 year old will love helping me make these snacks!
My son would love this! So cute!
Looks like a yummy way to learn!
This is so cute and fun!
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Robin E. at All About Learning Presssays: Customer Service
Thank you, Cathey! That is high praise indeed!
So cute! Nothing like fun with foods to encourage letter recognition :)
This idea is such a great way to get a healthy snack into the kiddos and include it into the learning process. Great idea.
We love avocado! What a fun idea!!
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!
I can’t wait to try this out with my little one!
I love this idea… My kids will, too!
That is a really cute and fun idea
This a great and creative idea. I will keep it in mind.
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!
My kiddo will love making this and (I hope) eating this!
This looks really yummy!
This is great!