Food as {Preschool} Art

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I love to be in the kitchen, and I love to do crafts.  Since my girls were about two, and they began to delight in my efforts, I have found a lot of joy from combining two of my loves.

I’ve never created any really elaborate sandwich sculptures…or made a pirate ship out of a watermelon, complete with melon ball-shooting cannons…but if I can spend 10 or 15 minutes and surprise my girlies with something cute and edible from time to time, I find it so much fun.

Yesterday we hosted our favorite twin friends for a play date.  We made handprint turkey crafts, and I wanted something fun for a snack.  Inspired by several different versions of cookie / candy turkeys on Pinterest, I came up with this little guy, using the supplies I had on hand…

DSC_0925The body is a snack-size Reese’s cup, on top of two chocolate-covered pretzel twists.  I broke a pretzel stick in half to use for the legs.  I positioned everything on a cookie sheet and dipped the Reese’s cup in a tiny bit of melted chocolate to adhere everything together.  The eyes (Wilton brand) were left from Halloween, as were the candy corn M&M’s I used to decorate the tail feathers.  The beak is made from mini Reese’s pieces.  Those were adhered with a tiny bit of melted chocolate, too. I put my completed birds in the refrigerator to set.  (Take the birds out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you serve them; otherwise the cold chocolate can be pretty hard.)

The girls and their friends thought these birds were pretty neat.  :)

Looking back through my files, here are pictures of a couple of the Thanksgiving-themed eats I made last year…

Pumpkin-shaped cheeseball.
Cornucopia of trail mix…made by steaming the end of a waffle cone and curling it around a wooden spoon.
Turkey veggie tray.

My creations won’t win any contests, but in the context of the preschool crowd, they’re usually a hit.

MandyE is mom to almost-five-year-old fraternal twin girls.  She blogs about their adventures and her journey through motherhood at Twin Trials and Triumphs.

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MandyE is the mother of 4 ½-year old fraternal twin girls, Baby A and Baby B. (And yes, their names actually start with the letters A and B!) She worked in the marketing field for nine years before her girls were born, but these days she’s relishing the opportunity to be a SAHM, which she plans to continue until the girls start kindergarten. MandyE has been blogging at Twin Trials and Triumphs since her girls were a year old. Between her blog and her local Mothers of Multiples group, she considers the multiples community a huge part of her support system.

One thought on “Food as {Preschool} Art”

  1. I respectfully disagree- your creations WOULD win a contest! Beautiful! I’m definitely copying the turkey veggie tray for Thanksgiving this year!

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