KIWI FRUIT ALIENS
The A-Z healthy eating series has reached the letter “K”! I hope you’re having fun following along with the series and that you’ve had success introducing new foods to your little ones. We’re having a fabulous time getting crafty with some pretty delicious fruits and vegetables.
We chose the kiwi fruit to craft with for the letter “K”. Here is a great opportunity to discuss the senses of sight, smell, taste and feel with children and ask them to describe a kiwi fruit with each of their senses. Kiwis are an oval shape, greenish brown in colour and feel fuzzy to the touch. This is a great way for children to expand their descriptive vocabulary. The skin of a kiwi is tough and cannot be eaten while the flesh inside is emerald green and contains very fine seeds which form a circle in the centre. There is opportunity here to reinforce shapes and colours with younger children too.
The green colour of the kiwi’s flesh gave us the inspiration to craft aliens with them. There is a lot of opportunity to be creative while making the aliens and use whatever craft supplies you have on hand to make your kiwi fruit aliens look unique. We used both plastic and paper straws in our craft. The boys enjoyed a great fine motor workout whilst cutting the straws and pushing them into the kiwis.
I’m sure your children will not need any invitation to taste the kiwis whilst they are crafting! An unripe kiwi may taste firm and tart whilst a ripe kiwi is soft and sweet. Kiwis are generally eaten raw and are great in fruit salads, ice cream or with yoghurt for breakfast.
Have you have as much fun as we did, making these tasty kiwi fruit aliens!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR KIWI FRUIT ALIENS:
- Googly eyes
INSTRUCTIONS FOR KIWI FRUIT ALIENS:
- Cut kiwi into desired shape. We cut ours in half and then half again.
- Peel the skin off the kiwi. This is an optional step, we found the straws easier to push into the kiwi once it was peeled.
- Cut straws into various lengths and push into kiwi for alien’s legs, arms and neck.
- Stick googly eyes onto alien necks.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.