Kids are more prone to eat visually appealing foods. That’s because taste as a sense is also made up of touch, smell, and sight. Constructing foods to mimic shapes and images kids are familiar with, like a simple flower, will draw their attention – and taste buds – to an otherwise mundane snack. An artful display of this fruit flower skewer will naturally tempt kids to eat their daily fruit servings. No buzzing reminders needed. Plus it’s a fun craft. Try constructing it with your child for an afternoon snack and craft all in one.
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 Cantaloupe
- A Handful of Green Grapes
- 1 Dry Floral Foam
- Flower Cookie Cutter (3 inch shown)
- Small Circle Cookie Cutter (1 inch shown)
Step 1: Slice watermelon and cantaloupes.
Adult task: After washing all fruit, cut watermelon and cantaloupes into ¾ inch thick round slices. Set aside grapes.
Tip: avoid choosing overly ripe fruit.
Step 2: Cut Out Watermelon Flowers.
Kid Task: Using a metal flower cookie cutter, press into the watermelon. Next, place either a ¾ or 1 inch round cookie cutter in center of flower and cut out the center. Now you have your watermelon fruit cut out.
Step 3: Cut Out Cantaloupe Centers.
Kid Task: Using the same round cookie cutter, cut out cantaloupe circles. Insert cantaloupe circles into the center of watermelon flowers. Feel free to interchange fruits for a cantaloupe flower with a watermelon center, or use different fruits altogether like a pineapple or honeydew melon. Just avoid high fibrous fruit, which don’t hold their shape well.
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