Looking for a fun way to do some art with the kids today? How about edible art!
Here are some fun edible art ideas for every age…
Babies: Mix some baby oatmeal (or just grind your own oats in a coffee grinder until fine) with a few drops of beet juice for a beautiful pink-red color. Tape a piece of paper down and let him finger-paint in his high chair. For extra fun, use two bowls and two colors (a pinch of turmeric powder makes a vibrant gold). Incidentally, this is the only way I could get my babies to eat oatmeal, as paint!
Toddlers: Put some vanilla yogurt in a ziploc bag and add a teaspoon of blueberries (frozen blueberries, thawed, produce especially nice color) to one side and another type of berry like strawberries to a separate part in the bag. Close the bag (seal with tape if your child is good at opening them) and give her the bag. Let her mash the colors through the yogurt, watching as the colors spread and mix. You can put a few crunchy things in for texture if you like, too, and talk about how they feel.
When your child has mixed the bag well, snip a tiny piece of the corner of the bag and show her how to pipe the yogurt in designs onto a plate. Give her a piece of fruit to drag through the designs and use as a spoon.
Preschoolers: Make pancakes and set out ingredients to make faces on them. You can make eyes out of chocolate chips or raisins, mouths out of piped strawberry jelly, freckles from sprinkles of cinnamon, teeth from mini marshmallows…. raid the pantry and see what else you can come up with.
Alternately, let the kids just create art on their pancakes. They can dribble designs with piped jelly, draw stripes with a toothpick dipped in chocolate syrup, cover sections and sprinkle powdered sugar on the parts that remain (doilies make great designs)….
Grade schoolers: Bake a cake together and give him a variety of cake decorating tools to frost it himself. Alternately, let him “decorate” dinner. Mashed potatoes pipe beautifully around main dishes! Use a pastry bag and different tips to make swirled butter pats or to fill twice baked potatoes. Sprinkle with fresh, snipped herbs and really pay attention to designs. It’ll be too pretty to eat!
Teens: Try your hands at candy making together. Get some books from the library and experiment making homemade taffy, lollipops or chocolate covered cherries. They make inexpensive presents for kids to give– if any are left from sampling.
For every age: Check out the book “Dog Food” or any of the related books that feature whimsical creatures made from healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. You can find them locally at Barnes and Noble or the Mankato Public Library. Then grab some edible supplies and try making a few of your own!