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Cooking with pre-schoolers: Shapes

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Mess made: Medium
Likelihood of vegetable intake: Medium
Minimum [reparation time: Ten minutes

Food is art - just ask my daughter. Here she is building houses out of sliced carrot and zucchini.



Ingredients
Anything and everything!

You can choose foods that make great shapes - like carrots and cucumber for circles or lines, bread for squares, broccoli for trees, etc - or simply draw a shape on a piece of paper (or with tomato sauce on a plate) and arrange food over the top.

Cookie cutters are brilliant for making exciting shapes out of bread and/or cheese slices.

Hommus makes great "glue" for sticking foods together. Blueberry yogurt makes a great body of "water". Desiccated coconut is perfect for snow.

Animal shapes work really well, and so do cars and trains. Making a rainbow is a great way to include a wide range of foods - although some colours are a lot harder than others.

You can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. This is a plan for making an ordinary sandwich into an elephant.



At the other end of the scale, here is a world map decorated with foods representing each region - are you up for the challenge?!



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Thanks! I spend a lot of time thinking about how to minimise screaming meltdowns at arsenic hour.
This is awesome! I see that you've done other "cooking with pre-schoolers" articles and I'm looking forward to reading them and trying some of the activities with my own pre-schooler.
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