Play With Your Food: A Tropical Bird

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

In our regular Play With Your Food crafts for kids series, Texas artist, illustrator and lover of all things creative Ruth Meharg offers a tutorial on creating whimsical creatures using your own garden, CSA or farmers market produce. Play With Your Food offers fun family projects to do together and — better still —a great way to encourage healthy eating habits.—HGTVGardens Crew

What you'll need:

  • Grape tomato
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Tomato stem with leaves
  • Fennel seeds
  • Toothpicks
  • A paring knife (let a grown-up do the cutting parts)

Follow these easy steps to create your own birds:

Play With Your Food: Tropical Bird

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Tropical Bird

You'll need Brussels sprouts, a cherry tomato, a toothpick, fennel seeds and tomato stems to make this little critter.

Create the Body

Turn the Brussels sprout upside-down, and pull one of the leaves up and back to cover the stem. Secure the leaf by pushing a toothpick through the leaf into the body of the sprout, leaving about half an inch exposed. This toothpick will also hold the head.

Make the Wings

Take two Brussels sprout leaves on the sides and pull them out slightly to create wings.

Make a Beak

Create the beak by cutting a small slit in the side of a cherry tomato and inserting a leaf from a tomato stem.

Add Eyes

Create the eyes by poking fennel seeds into the tomato, or try cloves or other seeds if you prefer.

Attach the Head

Stick a cherry tomato on the exposed end of the toothpick to create the head.

Add Legs

Cut small holes where you want the legs to be and insert two tomato stems. Leave at least three leaves attached to the stem to create your bird's toes.

Your Bird Is Done!

Who knew Brussels sprouts and tomatoes could be so cute?

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