Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sassy Toddler and Big Sibling Art With Fruits and Veggies

Summer is the perfect time to be creative with your children. I love to get artistic with fruit and veggies to get those healthy juices flowing both in the mouth and the brain! Food art not only improves hand-eye coordination, it's a great opportunity to discuss different shapes and colors. My kids love it, because it's not often I let them "play" with their food! Here's the recipe to a fun food-art session.

What you'll need:
  • Fruits (try to use fruits and veggies of many sizes, shapes and colors)
  • Veggies
  • Knife for mom to cut
  • Chopping board
  • Safe paint (designed and labeled for children)
  • Plastic plates for the paint
  • Paper

First, make sure you clean and dry the fruits and veggies. Then, chop the veggies into smaller, manageable shapes and sizes. Try to make different shapes. This is an exercise that requires adult supervision. Pour the paint onto the plastic plates. Try using one plate per color so that you don't get one plate full of brown paint.

Now comes the fun part. Let your little ones dip a fruit or veggie into the paint and "stamp" it onto the paper. You'll both be amazed by the fun shapes it will make.

When your kids are done, hang up their artwork to dry. They'll love seeing their food art displayed on the fridge!

As always, follow our food safety tips and make sure to accommodate any allergies or special needs your child may have!