Let your little one play with their food with this fun food art project!

Your preschooler can explore the colors, body parts and yummy fruits and vegetables with by creating fun food art using orange foods. You can follow our example and create a simple likeness of a person, or let your little one get creative with their own design. The beauty of this activity is that it calls for ingredients that you probably already have on hand, such as oranges, carrots, and American cheese. Plus they can practice basic cooking skills like grating and slicing with your help. 

Your little one can build fun food art and snacks along the way.  They can compare and contrast different textures such as soft and crunchy, and explore flavors such as salty and sweet. To inject a little extra learning, give him a mini anatomy lesson to boost vocabulary and self-esteem!

What You Need:

  • 3 slices American cheese
  • Orange slices
  • Orange bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • Round cookie cutter (you can also use the rim of a glass or lid of a container)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board or plate to work on

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to place a slice of cheese on the work surface. This will be the man’s body. Talk about other words that describe our upper body, such as “torso” or “chest.”
  2. Cut a circle out of the second piece of cheese to form the man’s head then place it on top of the man’s torso.
  3. Using the third piece of cheese, cut strips for the arms, legs, and neck. Place the body parts where they should be. As your child works, point to two or three of your own bones and explain what they’re called. For instance, as your child lays down the legs, you can mention that the “patella” is another word for kneecap; and as they set the torso down, show where the “clavicle” or collarbone is. Repeat each term a few times so that your child can commit the new words to memory. Imagine how amazed friends and family will be when your child points to various parts of his body and rattles off their names!
  4. Once the body is constructed, slice the carrot into coins for the eyes and hands and arrange them on the man’s face.
  5. Slice the bell pepper into thin strips for the mouth and eyebrows. Encourage your child to use their imagination to accessorize the man, say with a tie and pocket.
  6. Help your child grate the carrots and arrange them around the man’s face for hair. Grated carrot can also be used to create grass for the man to stand on.
  7. Finally, use two orange slices to form the man’s feet/shoes.

Now that your little man is complete, there’s only one thing left to do: give him a name!

**This activity is peanut free, tree nut free, and vegetarian.

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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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