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Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (Tortilla and Carrots) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack for Back-to-School

By Wendy Copley

My kids don’t start school for another week and I can’t wait. Besides the obvious reasons — Good bye, Constant Bickering! Can’t wait to see you go! — I’m looking forward to making my boys fun lunches and snacks. This Paper & Pencil Snack is a fun one to have waiting when they get home from school. I can’t wait to see their faces when I call them into the kitchen to do their homework and they find something good to eat instead.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (supplies) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Ingredients:

  • flour tortilla
  • veggie cream cheese
  • sugar snap peas
  • yellow carrots (orange will work OK too)

You will also need a paring knife, vegetable peeler and blue, red and black food-safe markers.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 1) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Begin by trimming the tortilla into a long rectangle shape.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 2) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Fold it in half, then draw horizontal lines with the blue food-safe marker to resemble a sheet of loose leaf notebook paper.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 3) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Draw a red line vertically — again to mimic a piece of notebook paper. Add three “holes” to the left side to represent holes.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 4) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Unfold the tortilla and spread it with a layer of cream cheese. Chop up a few sugar snap peas and spread them on half of the tortilla. Fold it closed.

This snack works great with other cream cheese and veggie combos too. Try almost any savory flavor of cream cheese, or mix a bit of garlic and herbs into plain cream cheese. For the veggie you can use chopped pepper, grated carrots, sliced tomatoes, radishes or cucumbers. You could even make this with honey cream cheese and sliced fruit.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 5) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Now we’re going to make carrot pencils. I found some yellow carrots which work really well for this, but regular orange carrots would work too. Peel the carrots with a vegetable peeler and cut them into 3 inch chunks.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (recipe: step 6) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Cut the tip of each one into a point, then draw on the tip with the black food-safe marker to make it look like a pencil lead.

Fun Paper and Pencil Snack (tortilla & yellow carrots!) for Back-to-School by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Put it all onto a plate and then call your kid into the kitchen to do the tastiest homework of the school year!

About the Author

Wendy Copley

Wendy Copley is a cook, writer, crafter, lunch-packer, wife and mom. Whenever she goes too long without doing something creative, she starts to lose her mind, so she’s always working on some ...

Wendy Copley is a cook, writer, crafter, lunch-packer, wife and mom. Whenever she goes too long without doing something creative, she starts to lose her mind, so she’s always working on some sort of project. Her focus frequently shifts from sewing to baking to paper-crafting to creating with her kids but she is unwavering in her devotion to packing cute, mostly-healthy bento box lunches for her two boys.

You can follow her adventures on her blog Wendolonia or you can learn all her lunch box secrets from her book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go.

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