When it’s summertime and the kids are out of school, they can stay home and play all day. After running and playing games of hide and seek in the backyard, it’s easy to build up an appetite! For your next snack, treat the kids to a fun, easy DIY snack. It doubles as an activity and a bite to eat! Try one of these critter-inspired goodies to make your snack time a “buggy” one!

Apple Bugs 

What you’ll need: apples, chocolate chips, pretzel sticks 

To make ladybug-inspired apple bugs, slice your apples in half. Scoop out the seeds and core with a melon baller, or core the apple with an apple corer. Slice a thin strip of the apple from the middle to separate the half into two “wings.”  

Push chocolate chips into each side to make spots, and poke two pretzel sticks into the head of your apple bug for antennae!  

Ants on a log 

What you’ll need: celery, peanut butter or yogurt, raisins or chocolate chips 

Ants on a log is a classic healthy treat! Cut your celery into 3 or 4-inch segments. Spread the yogurt or peanut butter inside the celery pieces. Place your “ants” inside the log and you are ready to enjoy!  

Dirt cups 

What you’ll need: pudding, Oreo cookies, gummy worms 

Follow the directions on the pudding mix, or begin with premade pudding cups. Pour the pudding into individual serving size bowls.  

To make the “dirt”, place a few cookies into a sealed plastic bag. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a glass to smash the cookies into a crumble. Cover the tops of the pudding cups with the dirt. Add your gummy worms to the cups to make the treat a little sweeter! 

Celery snails 

What you’ll need: cream cheese, cucumber, celery (optional: cashews, peanuts, or almonds) 
For another celery-based, buggy snack, begin by cutting your celery into 2 to 3-inch pieces. Slice the cucumber into thin coins. Spread the cream cheese into the celery and add the cucumber slices as the snail’s shell.  

You can stop there, but you can also complete the snail with a head! Add a cashew, peanut, or almond to the front of your snail for the final step! 

Grape caterpillars 

What you’ll need: skewers, grapes, black icing, or melted chocolate 

Grape caterpillars are an easy project for snackers of all ages! Just stack the grapes onto the skewer to cover it from end to end. Add eyes with two drops of black icing or melted chocolate. Then munch away! 

Oreo spiders 

What you’ll need: Oreo cookies, pretzel sticks 

For creepy, crawly Oreo spiders, break four pretzel sticks in half for each Oreo. Separate your Oreo cookies. Press the pretzel sticks into the cream on each side. Reassemble the cookie, and now you have a sweet and salty spider to eat!