Fun Pineapple Bus

Pineapple Bus

It’s hard to beat a lovely, juicy, ripe pineapple. They are also a great splash of colour on a plate.

Here’s my vibrant, fun food school bus.

Cute food ideas for kids bus

Recipe

– Pineapple (easier with fresh but could use tinned!)

– Plum (or other stone fruit or apple cheeks)

Method

1. Cut a piece of pineapple for the roof of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 1 roof (1 of 1)

2. Add another piece for the back of the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 2 back roof (1 of 1)

3. And more for the rear of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. Put in the wheels using the cheeks from a plum joined with some pineapple.

Pineapple Bus - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. More pineapple joins the wheel base to the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 5 front (1 of 1)

6. Then make a front window.

Pineapple Bus - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. And some back doors.

Pineapple Bus - 7 back doors (1 of 1)

8. Before creating more windows.

Pineapple Bus - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Then a road from pieces cut from the inside of the plum.

Pineapple Bus - 9 road (1 of 1)

10. And that’s it!!

Pineapple Bus fun food for kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Frog in Swamp

Frog in Swamp

I love the bold flavours in a pesto and so I make different versions dependent on the season. The dark green makes a lovely swamp for my fun food frog and he tastes great dipped in it too!

Food Art frog for kids

Recipe

– Pesto (or any green dip/veggie)

– Daikon/Chinese radish -I used this for the lily pad (lettuce leaf would be perfect too)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

Method

1. Smear the pesto around the outside of the plate.

Frog in Swamp - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

2. Add the daikon lily pad.

Frog in Swamp - 2 lily leaf (1 of 1)

3. Cut a thick section of cucumber and slice slots in the top for the eyes to fit into and little holes in the front for the arms.

Frog in Swamp - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Use carrot sliced in discs for the eyes.

Frog in Swamp - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him pupils with the dark skin of the cucumber cut into circles.

Frog in Swamp - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Add some thin celery batons for arms.

Frog in Swamp - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. And finish with some thicker celery batons bent at the centre for legs. These can just rest against the side of the body.

Salad frog fun food for kids

Ribbit ….

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Fun Mushroom Penguin

Mushroom Penguin

Found some lovely, dark-capped mushrooms at the markets so have been divising lots of ways to create with them. The boys loved this cute, little, fun food penguin and he was so simple I could do one each!

Food Art Penguin

Recipe

– Mushrooms (sautéed)

– Egg (separated into white and yolk)

Method

1. Use a large mushroom cap and squeeze so it’s more oval than round.

Mushroom Penguin - 1 mushroom (1 of 1)

2. Add cooked egg white.

Mushroom Penguin - 2 egg (1 of 1)

3. Use the cooked egg yolk to make feet.

Mushroom Penguin - 3 feet (1 of 1)

4. Cut some mushroom to make the wings.

Mushroom Penguin - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Then I thought his feet should be changed.

Mushroom Penguin - 5 feet 2 (1 of 1)

6. Add some of the mushroom stalks as eyes.

Mushroom Penguin - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And use more egg yolk as a beak.

Mushroom Penguin - 7 beak (1 of 1)

With some egg white for pupils.

8. More egg white for snow.

Mushroom Penguin - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. A sprinkle of oat bran for snow and he’s ready to eat.

Mushroom Penguin cute breakfast

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Fun Melon Gecko

Melon Gecko

There seem to be lots of melons around at the moment. Great as the boys love to eat them and good for me as they are so easy to design with!!

He’s my fun food gecko.

Creative food ideas for kids gecko Melon Gecko - Finished (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Honeydew melon

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut the melon into slices and then it’s easy to carve from there. Start with the head.

Melon Gecko - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add some segments for the body.

Melon Gecko - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. And more for the back. Then add a big, curving bit for the actual tail.

Melon Gecko - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. I made some large feet.

Melon Gecko - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Then joined them to the body.

Melon Gecko - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. I used dark grapes to give him eyes.

Melon Gecko - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. Then more grapes sliced in half for toes.

Melon Gecko - 7 toes (1 of 1)

8. A few half green grapes for the back and it’s all finished.

Melon Gecko food art for kids

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Jacket Potato Elephant

Jacket Potato Elephant

Well we’re still battling through winter so lots of lovely warming dinners are on the menu.

My boys would never say no to a jacket potato and they just seem to lend themselves to fun food. So, here’s my jacket potato elephant.

Food art Elephant for kids

Recipe

– Jacket Potato

– Roasted Parsnip (or sweet potato)

– Roasted sweet potato/kumara (or pumpkin)

– Green beans

Method

1. Slice the potato in half lengthways.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut out a semi-circle to fit the ear into.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

3. Add the roasted sweet potato/kumara.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 3 ear (1 of 1)

4. Use some of the left-over potato to make the face.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. Put on some parsnip legs.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Give him a little tail.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Use another piece of parsnip for the trunk.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 7 trunk (1 of 1)

8. And some of the inside of the parsnip for the tusk, eye and toes.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 10 eye (1 of 1)

9. Add some green bean grass.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 11 grass (1 of 1)

10. Finished!!

Jacket Potato Elephant Fun food

 

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Oaty Lion

Oaty Lion

I’ve been putting together a series of simple breakfast plates for my boys. They are so delighted when they get something “special” and most of the designs I can prepare the night before so there is no extra stress in the mornings.

Here is my fun food lion. Simple, cute and delicious.

Fun breakfast for kids lion

Recipe

– Porridge/ or soaked oats (Bircher muesli)

– Mandarins

– Raisins

– Yoghurt (for the eyes but could use apple or mandarins)

– Long thread coconut

Method

1. Form a circle from the porridge.

Oaty Lion - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Add some ears.

Oaty Lion - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And some cheeks.

Oaty Lion - 3 cheeks (1 of 1)

4. Then a mane from mandarin segments.

Oaty Lion - 4 mane (1 of 1)

5. I wanted some dramatic eyes so used a big glob (technical term) of yoghurt.

Oaty Lion - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And added some giant raisins for pupils.

Oaty Lion - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. I used another raisin for the nose.

Oaty Lion - 7 nose (1 of 1)

8. Then one for the mouth.

Oaty Lion - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Long thread coconut made perfect whiskers.

Oaty Lion - 9 whiskers (1 of 1)

10. And a few slices of mandarin for detail in the ear and he was all finished!

Oat Lion Fun breakfast

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Fun Apple Alien

Apple Alien

Lovely, crunchy apples and space – what could be more exciting and delicious!

A simple alien in his flying saucer, a great fun food snack or dessert.

Space alien healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Red apple

– Grapes

Method

1. Slice the apple in half.

Apple Alien - 1 Apple (1 of 1)

2. Cut the shape of the space ship.

Apple Alien - 2 base (1 of 1)

3. Then give it a base cut from the outside of the apple.

Apple Alien - 3 bottom (1 of 1)

4. Use some more apple for the dome.

Apple Alien - 4 cabin (1 of 1)

5. Then add some grapes as detail.

Apple Alien - 5 detail (1 of 1)

6. Put a little grape alien in the cockpit and give him an eye.

Apple Alien - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. Make his craft stable with some apple landing gear.

Apple Alien - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Use apple with grape halves on the end for antennae.

Apple Alien - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. A few apple planets and he’s ready to fly.

Space Alien cute food for kids

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Fun Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I was asked to put together a creative plate using bread … and thought of an ice cream sandwich but not the sweet kind!

I’ve used some bread, cheese and veggies to make a fun food cone. My boys thought it looked really appetising and couldn’t wait to share.

Sandwich food art for kids

Recipe

– Wholegrain bread

– Grated cheese

– Roasted beetroot

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomato

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the bread into a cone shape. I went for a double cone!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 1 cone (1 of 1)

2. I used a small dish to slice around to make the bread “scoops”.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 2 bread scoops (1 of 1)

3. And added a smear of butter and some cheese detail.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 3 butter (1 of 1)

4. Then cut the beetroot scoop using the same dish for size.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 4 beetroot (1 of 1)

5. But realised that the cucumber wasn’t as large so cut the beetroot smaller.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. I added grated cheese to the top.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And what ice cream would be complete without a cherry … tomato!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 7 tomato (1 of 1)

8. I used a carrot stick for a flake.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 8 carrot (1 of 1)

9. But then thought that it would look better with smaller bread circles so changed those!!

fun healthy snadwiches for kids

 

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Fun Yoghurt Panda

Yoghurt Panda

I needed to put together a “milk based” design for CIA Magazine in Indonesia so chose a bowl of yoghurt as my base. Added to that were a few slices of plum and there … poof … a panda appeared!

A fun food, Yoghurt Panda, great for a simple breakfast, snack or dessert.

Yoghurt Panda healthy breakfasts

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used home-made, thick Greek style)

– Plum (could use dates/black grapes or clusters of half blueberries)

Method

1. I used a flattish, round bowl and filled with yoghurt.

Yoghurt Panda - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I sliced some plum from the cheeks of the plum then cut to make the classic, sloping eye shape of the panda.

Yoghurt Panda - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Then used some yoghurt for the irises.

Yoghurt Panda - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. And a few bits of plum cut to be pupils.

Yoghurt Panda - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. Then cut a plum nose.

Yoghurt Panda - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Before adding a plum mouth.

Yoghurt Panda - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Some big ears cut from the other cheeks of the plum and we’re ready ..

Yoghurt Panda fun breakfast food

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Fun Plum Zebra

Plum Zebra

One of my friends is in Africa at the moment volunteering to help preserve the wildlife. I wanted to create something to remind us how cool some of the unique animals are!

I found some really dark plums and married with some juicy pears I made a fun food zebra. It was not difficult but the stripes did take me a while to put on ….

Food art for kids zebra

Recipe

– Dark plum

– Pear

– Sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

1. I cut a body from the cheek of the pear.

Plum Zebra - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then added a head and neck.

Plum Zebra - 2 head & neck (1 of 1)

3. And some legs.

Plum Zebra - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. More pear for the ears.

Plum Zebra - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut stripes from the outside of the plum. I found that slicing a succession of pieces and then fitting them onto the body with a little knife worked the best.

Plum Zebra - 5 body stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used a bit more plum for hooves and nose.

Plum Zebra - 6 nose & hooves (1 of 1)

7. Before adding a plum tail.

Plum Zebra - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. And a mane.

Plum Zebra - 8 mane (1 of 1)

9. Then I cut shorter strips of plum to use for the legs.

Plum Zebra - 9 leg stripes (1 of 1)

10. Using the inside of the plum to create an eye, with a bit of plum skin for the pupil.

Plum Zebra - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. She needed a little bit of detail in her ears and some sunflower ground.

Plum Zebra - 11 ears & ground (1 of 1)

12. And she’s ready to roam across the savannah.

Plum Zebra Fun food for kids

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Fun Veggie Boat

Veggie Boat

After figuring out how to mix red cabbage and a little bicarb soda to make a natural greenish/blue “dye” it’s fun to use for designs. To make a perfect sea I mixed the red cabbage with mash.

Here’s my fun food veggie boat floating on the ocean …

Feeding picky kids veggie boat

Recipe

– Mash (coloured blue is more fun!)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/potato)

– Parsnip (or carrot/potato/green bean)

– Peas (or any diced veggie)

– Corn (or any diced veggie)

– Pumpkin (or sweet potato/carrot)

Method

1. Make the mash into the ocean!

Veggie Boat - 1 sea (1 of 1)

2. Cut a carrot hull for the boat.

Veggie Boat - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add a parsnip mast.

Veggie Boat - 3 parsnip (1 of 1)

4. Then a pea sail.

Veggie Boat - 4 peas (1 of 1)

5. With a corn sail for the other side.

Veggie Boat - 5 corn (1 of 1)

6. And a little carrot flag.

Veggie Boat - 6 flag (1 of 1)

7. Set under a deep orange, pumpkin sun.

Veggie Boat - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. A few parsnip birds and we’re ready for plain sailing through dinner …

Veggie Boat food art

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Fun Yoghurt Pig

Yoghurt Pig

Joe wanted some fruit yoghurt so I made a simple breakfast/snack/dessert using just home-made Greek yoghurt, a few frozen berries and some fruit.

Here’s my super easy, fun food yoghurt pig.

Yoghurt Pig fun healthy food for kids

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I mixed with frozen raspberries to give it a pinkish hue and a lovely flavour)

– Plum (could be stone fruit/apple/pear)

– Raisins and sultanas (or blueberries/dates)

Method

1. Put the yoghurt in a bowl.

Yoghurt Pig - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of plum for the nose.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Then added some raisin nostrils and plum ears.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

4. And sultanas for pupils on plum eyes.

Yoghurt Pig food art for kids

5. Simple and cute.

Yoghurt Pig cute kids food

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Fun Grape Big Ben

Grape Big Ben

After being most privileged to be off to the UK soon to visit my parents all the sites are on my mind! Seeing the dark grapes I knew straight away what I could create ….

Here’s my fun food Big Ben.

Creative food ideas Big Ben

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Apple (or pear) for the clock face

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds (or yoghurt/cottage cheese)

Method

1. Cut the bottoms off the grapes so they don’t roll and build the tower.

Big Ben - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then add the Houses of Parliament.

Big Ben - 2 building (1 of 1)

3. Slice some thin pieces of grape to add detail.

Big Ben - 3 spikes (1 of 1)

4. Use grapes to create a space for the clock face.

Big Ben - 4 clock space (1 of 1)

5. Give the tower its distinctive look with little slices of grapes arranged in vertical rows.

Big Ben - 5 tower detail (1 of 1)

6. And the same at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 6 detail top (1 of 1)

7. Block in the gap at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 7 fill in tower (1 of 1)

8. Then add the vertical lines to Parliament.

Big Ben -8 building detail (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from the cheek of an apple for the clock face. I used grape “hands”.

Big Ben - 9 clock face (1 of 1)

10. Before finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food Big Ben

 

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