How to Make Fruit Race Cars for Kids

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Stimulate children’s creativity and get them to help in the kitchen by putting together these fun snacks. Edible race cars are fast and easy to make and kids will be zooming them into their mouths before you can say, “Drivers, start your engines!” Ask kids to be your “pit crew” and compete for the best time in putting in the grape tires. Let them know that in this case, it is OK to play with their food and have fun, as long as they eat it too! Top them off with a checkered flag made from a free printable. Get ready, set, go!

Fruit race cars are healthy and fun.
(Flavia Andrews)

Things You'll Need

  • Apples
  • Seedless grapes
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Rounded toothpicks
Step 1

Wash and prep your fruit. To remove wax residue, rinse with water and rub with a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Rinse again.

Clean fruit naturally with a mixture of baking soda and salt.
Flavia Andrews
Step 2

Cut the apple in quarters and cut each quarter in thirds. Each apple yields 12 individual snacks.

Leave the healthy apple skin intact.
Flavia Andrews
Step 3

Make a straight cut on the apple wedges to remove the hard core and seeds.

An adult should cut the apples for the kids.
Flavia Andrews
Step 4

Push two toothpicks transversely through each flat end of the apple wedge.

Toothpicks help to build the race cars.
Flavia Andrews
Step 5

Push four whole grapes through the toothpicks ends. The bigger the grapes, the more stable the car will be.

Grapes make cute and healthy tires for the race cars.
Flavia Andrews
Step 6

Make checkered flags with toothpicks and this free printable.

Add a fun checkered flag.
Flavia Andrews

Tips & Warnings

  • For a fun twist, use tangerine or oranges wedges. Bananas and celery sticks also make good race cars. For the wheels, try using blueberries instead of grapes.
  • Skip the toothpicks and adhere halved grapes with creamy peanut, almond or other nut butter.
  • Ask little kids to help once the cars are ready to assemble and all knives have been removed from the working surface.
  • Supervise small children while eating, as whole grapes pose a choking hazard.

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