I am an enthusiastic cook and former chef who loves discovering ways to prepare food for all people, including those with food allergies.
Fruit Basket for Kids
Designing fruit is such a fun and creative way to get kids to eat healthy snacks. The talented chefs are artists. They pick from a fruit basket and create a beautiful display of fruit. The work of art is almost too good to eat, but they are just too tasty to turn down. I hope you can make your own.
In This Article
- Amazing Fruit Animals
- Strawberry Shortcake Snake
- Banana Decoration
- Nutcracker Mice
- Apple Peanut Butter Snail
- Angry Birds
- Strawberry Men
- Strawberry Roses
- Fruit Lollipops
- Fruit Kabob Sundaes
1. Amazing Fruit Animals
Tammilee creates realistic animal expressions, and she is nice to share her work of art with us. She says she learned how to carve these animals on a cruise. The cruise holds fruit carving demonstrations, and she never misses one and is first in line.
I never thought of going on a cruise to discover the art of carving fruit. I am usually heading to the beaches or taking a hike up a volcano. Take a look at these carvings, because each one is so darn cute. I will never view a piece of fruit the same again. I wonder if kids find them too attractive to eat.
2. Strawberry Shortcake Snake
I had way too much fun creating these silly and adorable animals. The characters I create make the fruit look charming. My favorite is the strawberry shortcake snake. The snake slithers yummy looking, and my kids giggled while they eat him.
Creating the snake is not a chore but and artistic adventure, and your kids can help if only placing the green peas for eyes and snaps peas for the tongue. The shortbread can be cut to curve like a snake or make pancakes this way. It is so dang cute but straightforward to make.
3. Banana Decoration
4. Nutcracker Mice
Grace offers an easy strawberry mice recipe for any party, and they are somewhat healthy for kids. The chocolate is a little questionable. I like the way she arranges the cheese around the plate, so the mice appear more excited.
You can follow her tutorial by using ingredients that include strawberries, strawberry laces, chocolate chips, pine nuts, chocolate buttons, and cheddar cheese. These tasty gems require a good deal of time to prepare. It's worth it because they are so creative to make.
I made these for my daughter's ballet class during the holidays. They ate them up gracefully, and only the parents mentioned they were too cute to eat.
5. Apple Peanut Butter Snail
These guys look so good to eat. Walmart shares this recipe, but I want to thank Hannah for bringing it to my attention. They are not all that healthy, but they are fun to make and eat.
I found the ingredients at the local store. All you need to make the snails: celery sticks, creamy peanut butter, apple rings cut in half, pretzel sticks broke into thirds, and mini semisweet chocolate morsels.
The snails were a hit after school during the fall, when apples are in season.
6. Angry Birds
Elizabeth at Babble offers this healthy snack that kids will not turn down. It might even get them to stop playing the addictive game.
I took her recipe and used watermelon, pineapple, coconut, black licorice sticks, and orange sections. The real talent is being able to cut the angry bird shapes, but that doesn't even look too hard if you eyeball it from her picture below.
7. Strawberry Men
8. Strawberry Roses
Ash and Crafts share a delightful way to present strawberries to kids of all ages. These fruits are sweet and juicy, and when I carved them into roses, they looked beautiful.
It takes a sharp knife and a bit of patience. In the end, I heard the oohs and ahhs because of the beautiful strawberry bush I created. Be careful not to use super ripe strawberries because they can turn mushy by the slicing.
9. Fruit Lollipops
Taste Better From Scratch takes watermelon and blueberries and turns them into star lollipops. For the summer season, I picked up a watermelon, two baskets of blueberries, and bamboo skewers at the local farmer's market.
I had the cookie-cutter already. I varied the cookie-cutter design to fit the festive atmosphere, which was the Fourth of July. The star for the Fourth of July is perfect. Another time, I create lollipops with circles for my son's baseball team party.
10. Fruit Kabob Sundaes
We have all heard of fruit kabobs, but Say Yes takes it to a whole new level for kids to create and eat for fun. These are called fruit kabob sundaes. Perfect for a warm summer day party.
Ahead of time, I prepped the fruit by cutting them into chunks for the kabob skewers. I asked my kids, and we add other favorites like marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup. The hot dog paper liners make it easy and fun for everyone. The paper liners are like plates in case the kids want to put them down, so they can go swim or play.
Fruit Displays for Kids
These inventive ideas should get your creative juices flowing. Then, you can begin carving up adorable fruit characters for your kids. The fruit is such a colorful and fun way to get kids to eat healthily.
My kids ask me, "What fruit animals are you going to make for the party, mom?"
Though I don't always make fruit animals, I know they like them the best.
© 2017 Kenna McHugh
Mitara N from South Africa on March 18, 2020:
Its all about presentation, and i love these ideas
Will definitely be trying it
Thank you for sharing
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 02, 2017:
Spanish Food, I agree. The snake was a bit tricky but tasted much better than the hedgehog. Though, hedgehogs are adorable.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 02, 2017:
That strawberry snake is so cute, but it looks tricky to make. The pear and grape hedgehog in the video is adorable and looks easier to pull off!
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 02, 2017:
Yes! They are so much fun to make. My kid loves creating them, too. Angry Birds is a favorite, of course.
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on May 02, 2017:
Wow I would love to try these on my kids!
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on April 29, 2017:
Yes! They are so much fun to make. My kids love 'em. You don't have to wait until fall. Watermelon, Strawberries, bananas...
RTalloni on April 29, 2017:
Love these ideas and I hope to use many of them this coming fall.