How high on the Mom Coolness Scale do you think you’d rank if you told your children it was time to play with their food? Well, playing with food is just what Veggie Cheese People are all about! This activity is a great way to let your children express their inner artists, while inspiring them to eat a healthful snack.
My kids and I had a blast making our funny Veggie Cheese People, and they each wanted to make more than one. The people weren’t exactly… realistic. But they made us giggle, and everyone wanted to gobble all those healthful bits right up. Score another one for Mom!
And if you want to throw a little learnin’ in there too, why not spend some time looking at some of the astonishing vegetable paintings of Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo while munching on your creations? Buon appetito!
Veggie Cheese People
cheddar cheese, cut in small blocks and other shapes
1 small zucchini, cut in rounds and short sticks
1 yellow squash, cut in rounds and short sticks
1) Start by threading several veggie pieces onto a skewer. This will be the torso.
2) Use toothpicks to attach edible arms, legs and head.
3) Older kids can use kitchen scissors to snip small pieces off veggies to make hair or facial features.
4) If you want your people to be able to stand up, just stick the end of the skewer into a small block of cheese.
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- cheddar cheese (cut in small blocks and other shapes)
- baby carrots
- grape tomatoes
- 1 small zucchini (cut in rounds and short sticks)
- 1 small yellow squash (cut in rounds and short sticks)
- sliced olives
- miniature pickles
- Start by threading several veggie pieces onto a skewer. This will be the torso.
- Use toothpicks to attach edible arms, legs, and head.
- Older kids can use kitchen scissors to snip small pieces off veggies to make hair or facial features.
- If you want your people to stand up, just stick the end of the skewer into a small block of cheese.
Patti Brown is a homeschooling mom of three. Patti and her daughter, Abbie, blog at Blossoms and Posies. There they write about home skills, recipes, crafting, and more. Be sure to stop by to visit and let them know that you found out about them on the Hip Homeschool Moms site! You can also find Patti on the Build a Menu site, an online menu planning service.