For real, this craft was so much fun. Even more fun that I expected. Inspired by Woman's Day's skeleton crudite and having just made a meal with cauliflower rice, we decided to make some art with veggies.
Specifically, with the holiday right around the corner, we wanted to make a Halloween Veggie Tray.
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A MOST CREATIVE HALLOWEEN VEGGIE TRAY!
So, the original idea was to make a skeleton veggie tray. I had a few examples to show the kids, mostly from a simple Google image search (I mean, I can't take sole credit for this idea). And I drew this terrible example for them. Lol.
But the kids had a few different ideas. The skeleton definitely needed more space than a tray could provide. And the kids wanted to make other things too. So, we made a skeleton and various Halloween monsters right on the kitchen table.
The kids made whatever they wanted and creativity lead the way. I gave them a bunch of veggies (a lot of which I pre-cut), a cutting board, a couple of kid-safe knives, and toothpicks. The results were awesome...and messy...and confusing. Lol.
VEGGIES GALORE FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN TRAY
For this craft, I chose the following veggies:
- bell peppers
- baby tomatoes
- black olives
- red onion
You can use WHATEVER YOU WANT for your Halloween Veggie Tray! We already had a bunch of these in the house, and some I had to buy for a recipe. So, I just bought some extra. You can do this with waaaaay fewer veggies, however. We used so many so our creations could be beautiful for you guys!
VEGGIES TO BALANCE CANDY
Aside from just being festive, we were also excited to make this veggie tray to balance the amount of sugar that gets passed around this season. I know that COVID alters the influx of candy this Halloween, but that sugar flow is still present.
After we made all of these Halloween creatures, we took some photos, dismantled everything, and stuffed many a Tupperware with veggies to munch on throughout the week. It felt good to have pre-cut veggies for lunch or snacking. And we ended up roasting a lot of the cauliflower and broccoli (with garlic and olive oil) to have with dinner.
If times were different (and if the veggie Halloween creatures were smaller), I would love to have an actual veggie tray in the end. It would be perfect for a party. But this is 2020...and I don't see any parties in the near future 😒 Silver lining: prepared veggies for the fam. *Just watch out for toothpicks in the veggies. I speak from experience here!*
A DIP FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN VEGGIE TRAY
You don't have to, but I made a dip for the veggies. I mean, what is a veggie tray without a dip?! You can buy a store-made Ranch Dressing or even guacamole. Because we got a mega load of Lipton's Onion Mix at Costco the other day, I decided to just make their Classic Onion dip. It's super easy. You just add 1 packet of Lipton's Onion dry mix to 16 oz of sour cream, stir together and then refrigerate for a little while. Done and done!
LEARN ABOUT CAULIFLOWER:
While white cauliflower is most commonly found in stores, cauliflower can also be orange, green or even purple.
Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion and weight loss.
You can eat cauliflower in many different ways. The vegetable can be steamed, roasted, baked into sauces, or fried like rice.
Featured Ingredient: Cauliflower
Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting), math (composing shapes, counting), following instructions
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Note: For recommendations on kids' kitchen knives, check out our post Testing Kids Kitchen Knives.
📝 INSTRUCTIONS 📝
I cut some of the veggies in advance so the kids could get right to work.
Actually, there are no instructions! Seriously, just make any Halloween creature or veggie tray you like!
The kids were amped to put on masks to get into the spirit, so I recommend that!
I would suggest to pull up some Google images for veggie skeletons or veggie monsters to get your kids' creative juices flowing.
In terms of making the cauliflower skull, we did need some guidance. For ideas, we really loved The Right on Mom's Vegan Blog Post: Halloween Veggie Platter: Cauliflower Skull. This helped us with the skull concept, but we didn't get into any intense detail. Toothpicks were very helpful with this task. And I put our 13 yo up to the challenge. Allowing smaller kids to carve holes into cauliflower for eyes and nose is a bad idea.
My ideas didn't matter much for this task. It was all the kids' creations, which is awesome.
And, in the end, we had four Halloween Veggie Tray masterpieces!
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.
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