Today I’m sharing a simple but fun kids food idea – kiwi fruit edible dinosaur eggs! As you know, I’m very enthusiastic about presenting food in new and creative ways in order to encourage children to try eating more healthy foods. I always do my best to keep things simple, as most of us have busy lives with various time pressures and not many of us have the time or the inclination to spend hours in the kitchen. Part of my aim in setting the Eats Amazing blog up was to share simple tips and tricks to make children’s food and bento lunches fun with minimal effort! Sometimes I stray from my objective and get a little more elaborate, but today’s lunch contains a classic example of a very simple trick – with a sharp knife you can turn a kiwi fruit into a dinosaur egg in a matter of seconds!
I made a dinosaur egg because this month is Dinovember! If you haven’t heard of Dinovember yet, you’re in for a treat – do pop over and have a look at the original Dinovember website to see what it’s all about! Here’s the lunch the kiwi ‘egg’ went into. It was dinosaur themed of course (although Small Child’s first guess as I was making the sandwiches was Star Wars, pfft!). In this lunch Small Child had dinosaur footprint roast chicken sandwiches on granary bread (to make, simply cut sandwiches into circles using a circle cutter, then cut two triangles out of each to make the ‘toes’, a mini Babybel cheese, decorated with a dinosaur cupcake pick, a kiwi fruit dinosaur egg, cucumber chunks and some sugar-snap peas, also decorated with a dinosaur cupcake pick. I also added a tube of frozen yoghurt and a spoon for the kiwi fruit
Here’s a quick tutorial for the kiwi fruit ‘egg’, it’s so quick and easy but I think it looks really effective! All you need is a kiwi fruit and a small sharp knife. These would be fun to serve up at a dinosaur themed party or as a fun healthy snack as well as in a lunch box! To make, simply cut a zig zag shape all around the kiwi with the knife as shown below. Make sure you push the knife well into the fruit, so that it will come apart easily.
When you have cut the zig zag all the way around, put the knife down and gently pull the two halves of the kiwi fruit apart. It should come straight apart, but you may need to go over the cuts a little deeper if it doesn’t come apart easily. Serve up with a spoon to eat it – toy dinosaurs optional!
I use this method regularly, and change its name depending on the time of year – with a bit of imagination it becomes an Easter egg in the spring, a flower in the summer and a star at Christmas! Right now though, our kiwi fruits are definitely dinosaur eggs, Small Child is a big fan of Dinovember!
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