Are you looking for creative and fun vegetable activities for kids?
Here is a fun idea that is great for getting children in on the fun of creating with vegetables. This will be an activity where you can actually encourage them to play with their food. And, it’s great for small children, too because no sharp knives are required.
Vegetable Activities Get Kids Involved
For one of these vegetable activities, start out be cutting up various vegetables into a variety of shapes. Slice zucchinis into wheel shapes. Carrots can be cut in various lengths. Cut carrots and celery into sticks. Some of the celery stalks can be left whole. Provide cherry tomatoes, grapes and olives for round shapes. Radishes, sliced or whole can be used, too.
Put all of your pre-cut fruits and vegetables in separate bowls and set out on the table. Provide lots of toothpicks and skewers, have the kids wash their hands and let them loose to create whatever they imagine.
It will be kind of like building with Tinker Toys, only with vegetables. See kids and their families having fun with these vegetable activities for kids in the video below.
Whole fruits like lemons, oranges and apples can also be used. Raisins or peas or other small fruits and veggies that can be used as eyes. The children can then make heads and faces with the whole fruits.
For added variety of shapes, you can provide larger slices of jicama or turnips and give the children cookie cutters of various shapes with which to cut designs. Or you can use root vegetables like yams or jicama cut into blocks and wedges. Let your imagination be your guide.
Kids and Families have Fun with Vegetable Activities for Kids at THE CARVE
I’ve seen this idea in action. It was used at The Carve III and The Carve IV at the Holland Farmer’s Market in Holland, MI. All the pre-cut vegetables were generously provided by the AlpenRose, which is a local restaurant in the village of Holland. It was a great success. Not only did the children enjoy it, but I saw some of the parents having fun making some vegetable sculptures, too.
Take a look at the following short video and see for yourself. It’s less than 40 seconds long.
Here are Ideas for a Few Different Vegetable Activities
- Provide the cut up veggies and let kids make their own sculptures.
- Decide in advance what the finished fruit or vegetable sculpture will be and then teach how to assemble. For example for Mother’s day you could have the children make flower shapes cut with cookie cutters and place in a flower pot vase. For Easter, they could make bunnies, etc.
- Provide children with just a few pre-cut ingredients each and let them experiment to see how many different facial expressions can be made with just a few ingredients on a plate. You can see some examples in the photo below.
- Using the same concept above, you could provide lemons, oranges, or apples or which the children could build their faces.
- You could create a project where each child contributes something to a larger finished arrangement. See for example the garden house idea by Cindy Halferty.
Here are some examples of how the same few ingredients can be used to make lots of different expressions.
These vegetable activities can be done at large events as you can see in the video above. Or, they can be used in a classroom, a scout meeting, at home, or at children’s parties. Who know, maybe these vegetable activities will even motivate the kids to try eating some of their vegetable creations.
I hope that this article gives you some fun ideas for creating some fun vegetable activities for kids in your life.