Food art is a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen and exploring new foods! This week we worked our way through our Ocean Thematic Unit, it only made sense to spend lunch in the kitchen making a cute fish theme lunch!
Right now our garden is currently in bloom with carrots, kohlrabi, zucchini, and cucumbers…all of which my six year has stuck his nose right up in the air while declaring “YUCK!” to.
Amazingly enough though he gobbled this lunch tray right up!
How to Make a Fish Themed Food Art Lunch for Kids
Kitchen Utensils Needed:
- 2 slices of Bread
- Sandwich Cheese (any variety will work)
- Shell Pasta
- Black Olives or Mushrooms
- Cherry Tomato
- Sunflower Seed
- Your choice of seasoning for the pasta (we used garlic)
- Mini Babel Cheese
1. Boil shell pasta in a medium to small sauce pan over medium heat. Keep an eye on this. When the pasta is done cooking remove from heat and drain of excess water.
2. Butter two slices of bread. Add a slice of cheese between them and cook on your stove top over medium heat in a pan. Brown both sides and allow the cheese to melt. Remove from heat.
3. Once cooled use the circle cookie cutter to cut the grilled cheese sandwich into a circle. Add to your child’s plate on top of a piece of lettuce.
4. Take a bit of melted cheese and secure a small piece of mushroom or black olive to the top of the grilled cheese to create the fish’s eye.
5. Use a small circle from the vegetable cutters set to cut out a bunch of circles from a second slice of cheese. Use these to create the fish’s scales.
6. Slice one carrot and one cucumber. Take two slices of carrot and use the heart cutter on them. This will be used to make the fish’s lip and tail fin. Slice the remaining slices of carrots and all of the cucumber into stars.
7. Add butter and garlic to the cooked pasta noodles. Add a small portion to a silicone cupcake liner. Add in the star carrots and cucumbers.
8. Last up is the Mini Babel Cheese fish! To make this use a pairing knife to slice the wax in half. Be careful not to cut into the cheese. Add a small piece of black olive or mushroom to create the eye and one sunflower seed to create the fin. Lastly slice a cherry tomato in half. Using the pairing knife carfully cut a V in the middle to create a heart shape. Add the entire Mini Babel Fish to a silicone cupcake liner and balance the cherry tomato off the back of the cheese to create the fin.
9. Add all your creations to a tray and enjoy!
My kids had a blast making this and I hope yours you will too!
If you aren’t making this kids food art right this second, pin this post so you can easily find it later!