Got a fussy eater on your hands? Here's a great way to make fruit appear more appealing, and make eating it a lot more fun, too! Research shows that kids that get involved in the food preparation tend to enjoy eating it more. He'll use dried and fresh fruit to make a "Fruity Friend"—a creature with an apple face and features made from other fruit types, nuts, seeds, and fruit "leather." If you wish, you can also sweeten it up a little more with a few candy embellishments.
What You Need:
- 1 mango
- 1 cored apple
- Small pieces of colorful dried fruit
- Slices and pieces of fresh fruit (seeds and skin removed as appropriate
- Fruit "leather"
- Ready-to-use icing (to use as ‘glue’)
What You Do:
- Gather all the ingredients and display them on a tray, so your child can easily view the materials that he has available to work with.
- Get your child to stick two small pieces of candy onto the apple as "eyes," using the icing as glue.
- Invite him to decorate the rest of the creature using the dried fruit. Here are some suggestions:
- Use mango strips or halved dried apple rungs as ears.
- Use fruit leather cut into fine strips as hair.
- Use halved fresh seedless grapes, small nuts, raisins or seeds for eyes.
- Use a peeled, cored halved fresh pear into a mouse! Just add raisin eyes, almonds as ears, and a thin strip of fruit leather as a tail.
- Make a fresh mango hedgehog! Slice a side of mango and cut the flesh in a criss-cross pattern, being careful not to cut through to the skin. Then carefully turn it inside-out to reveal a hedgehog shape. He can also add eyes, a raisin nose, and fruit leather whiskers!
- When your child has finished decorating, his fruity creature will be ready to eat!
Here's a fun variation: Cut fresh fruit into pieces and slices and get your child to make a fruity picture using the plate as his canvas. You will not need icing "glue" for this.