I've always been fascinated by the beautiful and colorful "pop" of bell peppers. So, what better way to celebrate this awesome vegetable than by making our own pop-up peppers?!
This craft was inspired by these adorable 3D Paper Apples by Krokotak. It's surprisingly easy to make the peppers pop using strips of paper, and you can really do it for any round-shaped fruit or veggie.
This paper peppers activity does require a certain amount of precision. So, grown-ups might be on the hook to help with some of the steps. This would also be a great activity for older siblings to help by leading the way.
While crafting, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal's featured ingredient:
- Bell peppers are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies
- Bell peppers are native to Central and South America.
- You can eat bell peppers cooked or raw. The peppers are usually red, yellow, green or orange.
- Bell peppers contain important vitamins, like vitamin A and vitamin C, and they offer a number of health benefits.
Ingredient: Bell Peppers
Corresponding Recipe: Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Romesco Sauce
Skills supported: Fine motor (tracing, cutting, taping/gluing), math (counting, composing shapes), following instructions
- Red, yellow, green, and/or orange paper for bell peppers
- Green paper for pepper's stem
- Glue or Tape
- Pen or pencil
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.
- Trace and cut out shape of bell pepper (without a stem)
- *Cut out four 1" strips of paper. Bend the edges upwards.
- Glue or tape the folded edges of each strip to the pepper to create two X's, laying on top of each other as follows:
- *Trace and cut out the pepper's stem and glue to top of pepper.
- Display your colorful bell pepper(s)!
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.