I was asked to do a Food Art session at the local school last week. I used to do a lot of these but haven't for ages and had forgotten how mad but fun they are!
Two of the fabulous mothers came to help me chop my pile of fresh fruit and veggies into fun shapes. We also added some left-of-centre things like celery leaves, fresh parsley and daikon.
The children who wanted to participate washed hands, got a plate each and created a design then went to eat communally at an "eating table".
For children who are not generally enthused about fruit and veg it can be a really positive experience:
1. They get to see a colourful array of food - often things they are not seeing regularly at home.
2. They get to choose based not necessarily on what is their favourite to eat but what works for their art.
3. It's a group activity.
4. They are able to test tiny bits of new food with no pressure.
5. They eat communally.
All of these are positives when it comes to expanding children's palates and getting them more confident about testing new foods.
Some of the adult helpers tried something new too!
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.