We have reached the letter “Y” on the A-Z healthy eating series!! Have you had fun crafting with some new and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables? Hopefully crafting has given your little ones the confidence to try some new fruits and vegetables at meal times too.
We’ve chosen yams to craft with this week which is an unfamiliar vegetable for our family. We found a couple of yam varieties at our local farmers market and Little boy chose the one we crafted with because it looked like a tree trunk! The yam we chose was cylinder shaped with a thick, brown, gnarly bark like skin. Inside the flesh is firm, white and has a crunchy texture. This is a wonderful opportunity for little ones to expand their descriptive vocabulary while describing the yam.
Turning yams into monsters is sure to be a fun and engaging crafting activity for little ones. The painting of the monster’s body and gluing on of decorations are all fine motor activities which is key to the development of little hands and fingers. There is also plenty of opportunity to foster creativity by decorating the monsters as your little ones prefer. Encourage your little ones to use as many different craft materials for decoration as it will make each yam monster truly unique.
Depending on age appropriateness, you can discuss shape of the yam with your little ones. Our yam pieces were cylindrical with pointed ends. I discussed with my boys whether this was a shape that could roll or stand upright and how we could change the shape so that it was able to stand upright. We worked out that we needed to cut off one of the pointed ends to make our yam monster stand upright on a table.
Have fun with these Yam monsters, hopefully they don’t come alive at night!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE YAM MONSTERS:
- Yam pieces
- Twigs for arms
- Googly eyes
- Assorted craft items for decorating
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE YAM MONSTERS:
- Ensure you have a piece of yam that can stand upright on a table.
- Paint body as preferred. We painted one of ours with black poster paint.
- To make the monster’s arms, push twigs into sides of yam.
- To make eyes, hot glue googly eyes onto monster’s face.
- Decorate as preferred. We use bits of straw for the monster’s nose, bits of coloured paper for the mouth, tooth picks for hair, painted gum nut for a hat and pom poms for general decoration.
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