Making fruit animals is a great way for children to have fun with their food. They’ll get to explore their creativity whilst making and enjoying their own nutritious, tasty snacks.
Top tip!Make edible animal faces, too! Use a rice cake with yogurt or different spreads for the base, and fruit and nuts for facial details!
- Selection of fruit such as pears, bananas, raisins, strawberries, apples, grapes, blueberries and tangerines.
- Plate or chopping board to provide a clean surface
- Plastic knives (should children help with cutting soft fruit)
- Peeler/sharper knife (depending on fruit. For adult use)
About the activity
This activity allows children to get creative and experiment with their own ideas. Encourage them to think about what fruit they can use to make different animals. Pears are perfect for making the body shapes of birds, bears and mice; grapes can be sliced in half and used as feathers; blueberries and raisins are great for adding details such as eyes and noses.
Some popular fruit animals children can make are:
- A colourful snake by alternating slices of strawberry and banana.
- A butterfly by slicing a strawberry into four pieces for the wings and adding blueberries or raisins for the body.
- A turtle by using a slice of kiwi fruit for the body, and grapes for the head and flippers.
- A mouse by using half a pair for the body, banana pieces for ears and raisins for the eyes and nose.