Who says you can’t play with your food? Food art projects for kids are a great way to spend quality time with your child while exposing them to foods that they may otherwise be reluctant to try. Combining your kid’s interest in art and their love for food is a creative way to introduce them to a variety of flavors and textures while disguising nutrients as fun! Try our favorite food art ideas, guaranteed to keep their fingers busy and their tummies full!
Peanut Butter Play dough
Mix together 1/2 cup of peanut butter,1/2 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of honey until it’s the consistency of play dough. Let children sculpt the dough and then decorate their creations with raisins, pretzels, coconut or whatever else you have in your pantry.
Yogurt Finger Paint
This one’s as easy as peeking into your fridge! Simply separate plain or vanilla yogurt into a few different bowls. Then mix in three or four drops of food coloring in each bowl. Children can get creative with the different colored yogurts and use the mixture to finger paint or even paint with a paintbrush. Make it educational by spreading yogurt on a baking sheet and having your children practice writing their letters and numbers.
Use full-size graham crackers or any other large cracker. Let children spell their names or write short messages by attaching alphabet cereal using a sticky spread like peanut butter, cream cheese or honey as glue. This is also a great way to practice letter identification and reading with your kids.
Cucumber Race Cars
This one needs a lot of parent help. Use two cucumbers and a radish. Parents start by slicing the first cucumber into pieces that are approximately the same diameter and about a half-inch thick. Continue by cutting out a radish-sized wedge out from the second cucumber. Let your child make his radish racecar driver by using black-eyed peas for the eyes and the root for the nose. Have your little artist use toothpicks to add the “wheels” (slices from the first cucumber) and a “driver.”
This is an adorable idea from Rachael Ray. You’ll need 1-6 oz package of blue Jell-O gelatin and a variety of different colored, very thinly sliced fruits (such as honeydew, watermelon or cantaloupe) to make your fish. In a metal bowl or pot, have your child help you to prepare the Jell-O as directed on the box. Chill the bowl over an ice bath, stirring occasionally until it becomes the consistency of honey (this should take about 30 minutes). Let your kids use fish shaped cookie cutters to create your fish, then set them up against the sides of clear cups or bowls, and place them in the freezer for a bit to let them secure to the sides. Once secure, pour the chilled Jell-O into the cups or bowl, then chill until set.
Supply your kids with edible materials and you’ll be surprised at how creative they can be. Most kids, even the pickiest of eaters, can’t resist tasting foods when they’re transformed into these fun projects. They’re sure to leave you both satisfied.