Quality Time Activities

Most of us would like to spend more time with our kids; but with all the demands on our time- school, work, friends, after-school activities- it may seem like we're constantly driving from activity to activity with no real time to connect with our loved ones.

Each month, the Family Focus section will feature a new activity that you can try out with your kids. These activities are designed to encourage you to spend quality time with your kids and to open up the lines of communication. The activities will also help to reinforce those important character traits and build your child's self-esteem.

October Activity - Spooky Frankenstein Pretzel Bites


  • Square or waffle pretzels
  • Green candy melts
  • Black candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Small amount of vegetable shortening
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Candy eyeballs


  1. In a small pot over low hea, melt green candy melts with a small amounto f vegetable shortening. Stir occasionally.
  2. After lining a baking sheet with wax paper, dip each pretezel into the melted chocolate, coating all sides. Be sure to tap off the excess before transferring the pretzel to the baking sheet.
  3. Before the chocolate sets, use brown sprinkles as hair, candy eyeballs, and broken pretzels as Frankenstein's bolts.
  4. In the same manner as the green candy melts, melt the black and red candy melts in seperate pots, stirring as needed. Use the chocolate to apply Frankenstein's scars (red) and mouth (black).
  5. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before removing from the baking sheet and serving.


Source: https://thefirstyearblog.com/frankenstein-pretzels/