Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fun with our Food!

I've mentioned that the boys have been enjoying themed and creative lunches, so I am trying to create fun memories for them by spending a few extra minutes in the kitchen and presenting them with something unique on their plate.  Not every day, because goodness knows I'm not that creative, but I take a lot of inspiration from the moms who are creative and share their fun meals online.

We spent Sunday afternoon looking at frogs outside (see impromptu frog study), so it was only natural to continue our learning with a few books (see A Peek at our Bookshelf) and that we have a Frog lunch the next day.

A frog with green peanut butter, sitting on pretzel logs.  The grapes are for frog eggs, and the raisins are for the bugs that frogs eat.  The apple could be like a lily pad (?) and the extra peanut butter for the apple was green pond slime!

Mr. Potato Pancake Head
This was inspired by Mr. Pancake Head at Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons.  Mine is not nearly as cute, and Elliott saw the original and commented that they weren't the same, but he liked it nonetheless.  I was able to use oranges for the ears and a strawberry for the nose, but I had to alter the rest.  I cut blackberries for the hat, feet, eyebrows and mustache, and marshmallows for the arms and mouth.  The eyes are marshmallows and chocolate chips.  His mouth is a little creepy.  haha!

The Story About Ping
Elliott and I read this book before bed one night, and I decided I could do a quick themed lunch the next day.  Ping is made from super sharp cheddar.  The fish is tuna shaped by a fish cookie cutter.  The hard-boiled egg is because ducks lay eggs.  The flowers are cut from strawberries and pineapple, and the steamed zucchini was for the grass around the lakes and ponds where ducks live...they also eat grass.  The raisins are for bugs again.  Elliott's favorite part was the Quackers!  He just thought that was hilarious!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This is one of the most loved and read books in our house.  I just used slices instead of whole fruits (obviously my kids can't eat 5 oranges), and I certainly had to adapt Saturday's meal, but the boys loved it!

You can't tell, but the sandwich is a cookie cutter caterpillar.  {Don't worry, the scraps were eaten, not wasted!}  Then there's 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 blackberries (no plums in the house), 4 strawberries and 5 oranges for Monday-Friday.  For Saturday I only used a pickle, a small piece of cheddar in place of the swiss cheese, a triangle of pineapple in place of the triangle piece of watermelon.  We ended with lettuce since our caterpillar ended with a green leaf in the book.  I used a straw to punch a hole through everything.


If you're interested in any of the other books we read this week (we also read about grasshoppers, rabbits and more), be sure to take A Peek at Our Bookshelf.

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  1. I love all your creative lunches. We may have to have Mr. Pancake Head this weekend. I saw that too! I make lunches (and post them) most every day for my daughter.

  2. These are wonderful! What great job you did!

  3. How creative you are with all the cute lunches! My favorites are Mr. Potato Head, and Ping!

  4. We read Ping this week and them made rice maps of China. I love the duck and all of your creations.

  5. I just love when themed food coincides with a great book! Nicely done!

  6. These are all so cute! I wish I wasn't so lazy in the kitchen!