Every kid likes to play, but not every kid is thrilled about eating healthy and nutritious foods. This Thanksgiving, make your kids smile by mixing playtime and snack time with this edible DIY. Not only will it promote healthy eating habits, but your kids will love putting them together, too.
Things You'll Need
- Whole wheat tortilla
- Whole wheat bread (sliced)
- Carrots (cut in sticks)
- Extra carrot piece (flat)
- Celery (cut in sticks )
- Yellow cheese (sliced)
- White cheese (sliced)
- Turkey breast (sliced)
- Hard boiled egg (optional)
- Assorted cookie cutters
- Pairing knife
- Cutting board
All the ingredients used are suggestions, and you can certainly switch some around to satisfy the picky eater in your home.
Keep all knifes and sharp objects away from small children. Ask small children to help once all hazardous kitchen utensils have been removed from the working table and all items are prepped and ready for assembly.
Step 1: Cut Out All The Body Parts
Gather your ingredients and prepare an assembly line. Cut all the body parts of the turkey as follows:
- Body: use a round object - like a cup or cookie cutter- to cut out two circles. Cut a big circle out of a tortilla and a small circle out of a slice of wheat bread.
- Chest: use a tulip-flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut 1 flower out of a slice of turkey breast.
- Feathers: use a tulip-flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut 3 pieces out of yellow cheese slices. Slice carrots and celery down the middle so they look like sticks.
- Wings: use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut 2 hearts out of white cheese slices.
- Eyes: use 2 blueberries. You can also cut hard boiled eggs in half (transversally) for larger eyes.
- Legs: make simple straight cuts on a flat piece of carrot with a pairing knife.
- Beak: cut a small triangle with a pairing knife,
- Wattle: cut a small strawberry wedge with a pairing knife
- Extras: cut extra pieces of strawberries for extra decoration.
Step 2: Assemble the Background
On a flat plate, place the cheese flowers (feathers) towards the top edge of the plate. Slightly overlap the tortilla circle on top of the bottom of the cheese. Place the turkey breast flower upside down, on top of the tortilla.
Instead of using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, you can also cut the turkey and cheese slices in a wavy pattern using a pairing knife.
Step 3: Arrange the Feathers
Arrange the carrot and celery sticks on top of the cheese, creating a half moon or fan shape.
For an extra pop of color, you can also add julienned red peppers or tomatoes. Or, for a sweeter snack, swap the celery and carrot sticks for red, yellow and green apple wedges.
Step 4: Place the Head and the Wings
Center the small circle of bread on the top edge of the big circle, slightly covering the middle carrot and celery sticks. Place the cheese hearts on the side of the tortilla, one on each side of the turkey's body to resemble wings.
You can also skip the wings and continue the feathers pattern with more veggie sticks.
Step 5: Decorate the Face and Add the Feet
Decorate the face by placing the blueberries (eyes) on the top edge of the small bread circle. Place the small carrot triangle (beak) with the point pointing sideway and a strawberry sliver (wattle) in a vertical position. Tuck the feet slightly under the large tortilla circle and decorate the chest and the wings with strawberry slivers.
Add some extra protein by placing two slices of hard boiled egg under the blueberries, making a wide eye turkey.
You can also move the carrot and celery sticks to the side of the bird, making big wings and call it an owl!