Toddlers in the kitchen

Fruit or veggie people: Use fruits and vegetables that are edible when raw. Use peanut butter to put the pieces together.

Some people you can make:

Curtis Cucumber: Begin with a small cucumber for the body, poke a hole in each side and insert a couple of green beans for arms. Two small cherry tomatoes can be applied as bulging eyes. A small carrot stick, or baby carrot can be inserted for the nose. Make a smile with a red pepper slice and add parsley for hair. While you are creating this green man, you can talk about how eating carrots help you see in the dark, that red peppers help cuts to heal faster. Talk about how the food is grown, then follow that up with growing a garden in the summer. After having made this clever creation, she may just be enticed to eat him. Or, serve him at dinnertime for the whole family to enjoy. Her pleasure in your reaction may also inspire her to take a few bites of those fresh vegetables.


Annie Apple: This is really a creation on a flat plate. Cut two round apple slices for big eyes, add some blueberry pupils, a strawberry nose, orange section ears, banana cheeks, grapefruit section smile, and orange and apple peel curls for hair. You can use the rest of the fruits for a mixed salad. On your little one’s plate is a fruit-filled smiley face, begging to be eaten. Offer a little vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Learning about food and nutrition can be fun for kids of all ages. Nothing gets your little food connoisseur more revved up than being able to participate in their own dining experience. Be ready for a little mess and a lot of fun. Bon Appetit!

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