I am pretty particular about portion control with my kiddos, especially when it comes to crunchy snacks. I almost never let the kids (or myself!) eat chips, popcorn or pretzels "straight from the bag" because I know how easy it is to overeat these delicious snacks. Instead, I serve my kids these snacks in small bowls.
This craft was inspired by Kids Activities' awesome post featuring DIY Paper Bags. All you need is square pieces of construction paper, tape and/or stickers! It's super easy and once you show kids show to make one paper chip bag, they can go on to make as many as they would like. In fact, these bags would make a great homemade party favor bags that kids could make for their guests at any future birthday party.
This paper chip bags craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal's featured ingredient:
- Tortilla chips are made from corn tortillas that are cut into triangles or wedges and then fried.
- The word tortilla means "small cake" in Spanish.
- February 24th is National Tortilla Day.
- Rebecca Webb Carranza is considered to be one of the pioneers of commercial tortillas chips. In the 1940s Carranza had the idea to fry and sell the misshapen tortillas produced at her tortilla factory in Los Angeles.
- Tortilla chips can be high in calories, yet if eaten in moderation, they can be a good source of carbohydrates, fats and other nutrients.
Featured Ingredient: Tortilla Chips
Corresponding Recipe: Crunchy Taco Salad with Pasta & Ranch Dressing
Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting, folding, taping/gluing), following instructions, math (composing shapes)
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so kids can get to work right away.
1. Fold square piece of paper in half to form a triangle.
2. Fold right side over.
3. Fold left side over.
4. Secure the paper bag with a large sticker (or tape)
5. Decorate your chip bag and fill it up with chips!
Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.