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Keep the kids busy over the holidays

It's great to have the kids home for a few days, but it's pretty easy to run out of ideas to keep them entertained. Luckily, little ones seem to love getting involved in the kitchen, and letting them help out with the food prep is a great way to keep them busy. We've put together a collection of simple, tasty recipes that the kids will have a ball with over the holidays!

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    Rocky road

    A variation on the traditional Aussie rocky road recipe, this one uses biscuits rather than nuts. But if you're feeling adventurous you can adapt it by using nuts instead. Either way, it's a tasty treat.

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    Traffic light biscuits

    Stop then go! Green, red and orange lollies create these cute kid's party biscuits.

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    Italian baked meatballs

    Meatballs are always a winner, but this recipe bakes them with a layer of melted cheese on top. So good!

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    Gluten-free iced muffins

    If you follow a gluten-free diet and have a sweet tooth, these zesty muffins are the perfect choice for when you get the munchies.

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    Apple-strawberry iceblocks

    Cool the whole family down on a hot summer's day with these refreshing fruity iceblocks. They're best made in iceblock moulds, which you should find in your local supermarket or kitchen shop.

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    Walnut bubble biscuits

    Deliciously moreish, these sweet biscuits are packed full of chewy dried fruit and crunchy walnuts. Perfect served fresh out of the oven and shared with loved ones.

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    Tropical breakfast smoothie

    For breakfast on the run, or just a refreshing snack, this homemade berry smoothie can be ready to go in minutes.

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    No-bake chocolate slice

    Smooth, creamy and utterly decadent, this chocolate and peanut butter requires no baking and can be enjoyed straight from the fridge as an indulgent afternoon treat.

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    Marshmallow slice

    This Marshmallow Slice takes almost no cooking and minimal preparation. Serve for morning or afternoon tea, take to work to share with your friends, or put a batch together for a children's party.

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    Chocolate brownies

    The best brownies are always homemade, and it doesn't get much easier than this recipe. These also freeze really well.

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    Baked stuffed tomatoes

    This light herby tomato dish makes a great entree. Or you can double or even triple the ingredients for easy-to-eat party finger food that your guests will love.

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    Butterfly cakes with strawberry jam

    These delightful little butterfly cakes with strawberry jam are simple to make and extremely delicious. They go down a treat at children's parties, or morning teas. You can substitute the jam for just about any conserve.

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    Chocolate refrigerator cookies

    I discovered quite by accident how delicious these cookies are eaten straight from the fridge, thanks to Auckland’s humid weather. The chocolate filling melted in the heat of my kitchen, so as soon as they were sandwiched together, I put them in the fridge and – yummo! I hit the jackpot.

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    Chipolatas in pastry

    Little guests at your next children's party will love these super-easy mini sausage rolls.

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    White and dark choc-chip cookies

    There's nothing better for an afternoon treat than white and dark choc-chip cookies with a tall glass of milk. Bake them with the kids and they'll thank you even more!

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    Traffic light sandwiches

    Get your kids to eat their vegetables the fun way - these exciting traffic light shaped sandwiches are full of goodness and will entertain and please your little ones.

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