5 Adorable, Edible Creatures That Start With a Slice of Fruit

Getting more color onto your kids’ plates has never been so much fun.

Are your kids stuck in a mac and cheese rut? Entice them into amping up their fruit intake with these funny faces, each of which starts with just a simple slice of watermelon. From there, all you need is little imagination—plus a handful of berries, grapes, or a banana. Trust us: you'll be turning your little one’s favorite animals into edible art in no time.

1

Fish Face

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Photo by Sarah Copeland

Slice two half-round slices from a small watermelon and place them overlapping each other on a large plate. Trim a “mouth” from one. Trim a wider tail from the other and connect it to the “fish” on a plate. Slice four strawberries into three slices each to use as scales on the body and tail. Use another slice for a dorsal fin. Use one blueberry for an eye and several others to create bubbles rising from the fish’s mouth. Extra credit: Slice a star fruit into thin slices to create starfish around the plate.


2

Tweety Bird

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Photo by Sarah Copeland

Cut one round slice from a small watermelon and place on a large plate. Cut a large wedge from the slice to make the shape of a bird. Cut one small waffle cookie, waffle, or pizzelle cookie in half and use to as wings. Cut two strawberries into slices and use as feathers and a tail feather. Cut celery into two long thin pieces and four thin short pieces and use to make legs and feet. Use a blueberry for an eye. Cut a long, narrow diamond out of a slice of mango to use for a beak.


3

Mr. Frog

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Photo by Sarah Copeland

Cross one round slice from a small watermelon and place on a large plate. Slice a banana lengthwise and place it over the watermelon to form a smiling mouth. Slice two rounds from a lime and place wide-set on the top of the watermelon for eyes. Halve a grape and place cut-side-up on the lime slices.



4

Little Piggie

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Photo by Sarah Copeland

Cut a round slice from a small watermelon and place on a large plate. Slice two rounds from a small clementine and use to make eyes. Slice a thin slice from the center of a small pear and place it in the middle of the watermelon so that the hollows from the pear seeds form the snout. Halve a strawberry and place on either side of the watermelon to make ears.


5

Ms. Lady Bug and Madame Butterfly

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Photo by Sarah Copeland

To make the lady bug: Slice one half-round slice from a small watermelon and place on a small plate. Slice one round from a lime and place on the top of the watermelon as an eye. Place one blueberry in the center of the eye. Use five larger blueberries to create the ladybug’s dots. Cut celery into two thin, short pieces and use as legs.

To make the butterfly: Cut another piece of celery into a small section and set it in the center of a small plate. Halve two strawberries and arrange upside down against the celery to make wings. Make antennas out of grape stems. Create a trail from the butterfly using blueberries.