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Playing with your food

Category: kids

When I was growing up, meal times were serious occasions. We were told to sit up straight, keep our elbows off the table, and under no circumstances could we ever play with our food. Thankfully, things are a lot more relaxed these days, and food is seen as art to be photographed worthy for our Instagram and Facebook profiles. Here are three simple and fun projects that allow your kids to get creative with their food.

Ham and cheese frog sandwiches | Makes 2 sandwiches

It’s not easy being green, especially when you're a ham and cheese wholemeal sandwich! These easy to make froggy delights will have the kids jumping at the chance to eat their sandwiches.

You will need:

  • 6 slices of wholemeal bread
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 3 slices of ham
  • 2 black grapes
  • 1 small cucumber

Using a circular cookie cutter, cut the bread, cheese and 2 of the ham slices into rounds. Build the frogs bodies by sandwiching the ham and cheese between the bread. Slice the ends off the cucumber and use it to create the eyes and slice the grapes in half and use as the eyeballs.

Slice 4 rounds off the cucumber and cut into frog legs and place under the frog bodies. Using the last slice of ham, fashion 2 long rolling frog tongues.

Playing with food

Underwater fishy fruit salad | Makes 1 fruit salad

The kids will have a lot of fun creating this fish tank on a plate. With blueberry bubbles and strawberry scales, it’s a fruity sandwich treat that looks fantastic on a green or blue plate.

You will need:

  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread
  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 6-7 blueberries
  • 1 stalk of garlic chives

Slice 1 piece of the bread into a triangle. Using the other slice of bread, fashion it into the fish body and save the end with the crusts attached for the fish tail.

Slice the tops off the strawberries, and using half a large strawberry place on the front end of the fish for its strawberry face. Slice a blueberry in half and use as the fish eye. Cut 4 to 5 strawberries into slices and arrange on the fish body as scales, leaving the tail scale free. Slice blueberries in half as bubbles and suing a stalk garlic chives, create some underwater grass.

Finally, use the tops of the strawberries and few more halved blueberries to create a rocky ocean floor.

Playing with food

Pineapple crocodile | Makes 1 large crocodile

We were told to never smile at a crocodile, but this yummy reptile is an exception to the rule! Sweet not salty, our pineapple friend is a great introduction for kids creating food art.

You will need:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 kiwifruit
  • 1 radish
  • 1 black grape
  • 2 toothpicks cut in half

Slice the sides off the pineapple to create 4 parts off the crocodile. Lay the sides on to a large board or plate with the pineapple skin facing up and arrange the sides so they look like the body of a crocodile from its head to its pointy tail.

Slice the kiwis in half lengthways and cut claws out of the ends. Place the feet at either side of the body, front and back. Cut 2 slices from the radish and cut the grape in half.

Push two toothpicks into the back of the first piece of pineapple and place the radish on the picks. Secure two more toothpicks at the front of the radish and place the grapes on these picks for eyeballs.

If your pineapple came with its top, use as a tree for your billabong!

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