Utah celebrates Pioneer Day July 24. Here are some fun summer and Pioneer day crafts for the kiddes. What’s better than eating what you make? NOTHING! Here are some fun recipes and edible crafts that kids can make this summer to keep them cool and happy!
Ice Cream in a Bag
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Cup Half-n-Half
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Rock Salt
1 Pint Size Ziploc Bag
1 Gallon Size Ziploc Bag
Combine the sugar, half-n-half, and vanilla in the pint size ziploc bag and seal tightly. Combine the ice and rock salt in the large ziploc bag. Place the small bag inside of the larger bag and seal. Shake the bag until the mixture turns into ice cream! This will take about 5 minutes. (You may want to wear gloves.) Add sprinkles, candy, nuts, or fruit and enjoy!
Pretzel Log Cabin
Create a child-friendly (and edible) version of a pioneer’s log cabin using pretzels and frosting. Cut a clean 1 liter milk/juice container down to 5 inches tall. Fold the top together and cut off the glued-together section. Tape the ends together so that it looks like a roof. Cover a section of your house with frosting and position pretzel sticks onto the building to serve as the “logs.” Continue onto each part of the house until you completely cover it with the pretzel sticks
1 cup corn syrup
¾ cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
½ tablespoon corn oil
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon desired flavoring, preferably vanilla
Combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and corn oil.
Add the corn syrup and water and stir until the mixture boils rapidly.
Boil to 252 degrees For until a little when tried in cold water forms a fairly hard ball.
Flavor, pour onto a large platter lightly oiled with corn oil and when cool enough to handle, oiling the hands with a little corn oil, pull into a rope and cut in inch lengths.
Johnnycakes are another pioneer food similar to flapjacks. They also taste good with homemade butter on them.
Ingredients and Equipment
¾ cup of cornmeal
¼ cup of sugar
pinch of salt
½ cup boiling water (enough to make ingredients into a smooth batter)
greased frying pan or electric griddle
1. Combine cornmeal, sugar and salt in mixing bowl
2. Add boiling water and mix until the batter is smooth
3. Heat frying pan, add grease and pour mixture
4. Fry until golden brown on both sides
Of course there are tons more projects you can find to do, but these are easy, cheap, and edible. Kids will love them and so will you.