Edible Art

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder

summary:

The kitchen is a perfect art store to foster imaginations. Interesting food ingredients and creative minds come together to make edible art.

There’s no doubt about it – kids love creating. And what’s not to love about markers, pencils, pens and clays in every colour? Some are even scented or have special textures. But why limit yourself to materials in a box? Scour your kitchen and find food items for a one-of-a-kind sculpture.

  • Raid the kitchen with your child, and gather ingredients to use for edible art: uncooked spaghetti or other shaped pasta, marshmallows, dried beans, apples, oranges, fruit leather (flattened, dried fruit – available at most supermarkets) … the possibilities are endless.
  • Place all the ingredients on the table then let your child create sculptures. Examples include: marshmallows threaded on spaghetti then stuck into half an orange (make sure they eat the other half of the orange!); an apple wrapped with fruit leather and decorated with spiral-shaped noodles and black beans.
  • When you’re done, take a picture of the masterpieces – either your child will eat parts of it, or nature will take its course!