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

Create the Body

Make the Wings

Make a Beak

Add Eyes

Attach the Head

Add Legs

Your Bird Is Done!

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