Crafting with food is a delicious way to get creative and have fun with your family. There are so many possibilities when it comes to crafting with food, and the best part is that you can eat your creations when you’re done! Here are some of our favorite ideas for crafting and celebrating with art you can eat.
Edible Finger Paint
This one is a classic for a reason – it’s so much fun! All you need is some cornstarch, food coloring, and a little bit of water. Add equal parts cornstarch and water to mixing bowls or muffin tins, and then a few drops of food coloring to each mixture. Use a spoon to mix your paint colors well, and don’t worry if the cornstarch is challenging to mix! If you’d like to make this recipe tasty (not just edible) swap the cornstarch and water for yogurt. This is an especially great option for parents with babies that stuff everything in their mouths. Either way, don’t be afraid to get messy! For more ideas like this, visit our Baby and Toddler page.
These are perfect for a summer picnic OR a cold grey day when you need to pop some color into your life! First choose your fruit and prepare it on a large surface. Blueberries and raspberries are ready to go as they are, but you’ll need to cut up larger fruit like apples, pineapples, pears, watermelon, etc. You can use metal or wood skewers, and if young children are helping you, be mindful of the sharp end of each stick as you work. Thread fruit onto skewers as you’d like! This is a great opportunity to talk about colors and patterns with kids. If you want to get really fancy, dip your finished skewers in melted chocolate or yogurt. Yum! Check out The Recipe Critic for more ideas on this special treat.
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This one is a sneaky way to get kids to eat their veggies. Arrange some carrots, celery, cucumber slices, and other bite-sized veggies on plates, along with some dips like ranch dressing, hummus, or cream cheese in bowls. Help kids spread a dip or spread of their choice over a tortilla, then let them use veggies to create faces or other designs. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re eating their vegetables! If you want to step this up a notch, use a spiralizer to make curly hair cucumber noodles and shredded carrot for orange facial hair. Visit Two Healthy Kitchens for more inspiration.
Crafting with food is a delicious way to get creative and have fun with your family. Whether you’re making edible finger paint, fruit kabobs, or veggie faces, there are so many possibilities when it comes to crafting with food. And the best part is that you can eat your creations when you’re done! So what are you waiting for? Get crafting and celebrating with art you can eat!