Thanksgiving is only a few days away! Are you looking for a fun family activity that doubles as a healthy Turkey Day snack??
This “turkey” will make your kids WANT to eat their fruits & veggies!
I made this edible creation for the first time a few years ago, and decided to make it again this year to surprise my niece and nephew tomorrow to kick off the holiday week (good thing they can’t read!).
It’s SO easy to make, looks great, and kids will love it!
What you need:
*Get creative! You don’t need to use the same ingredients that I did. This can be made with almost anything! The following directions are how I personally did it, but I advise you to have fun and make it your own!
- 1 acorn squash (or any kind of squash of melon)
- 1 pear
- red grapes
- green grapes
- 1 kiwi
- 1 red pepper
- 1 orange pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- cheese squares (or pineapple for a dairy-free option)
- short skewers (or toothpicks)
- long skewers
- Prep your fruits & veggies:
a. Wash all fruits & veggies!
b. Cut your peppers: This is the most intricate part. Cut triangles out of your yellow, orange, red peppers. I made 3 bigger yellow & orange triangles, and 4-5 smaller red ones – it depends on the size of your base! Also use the red pepper to cut the “feet” (use photo as example) and a “gobble” (did you know this is actually called a wattle??). Use the rest of your peppers to make tacos for dinner! 😉
c. Cut the kiwi into rounds. (I ended up needing 6 rounds)
d. Cut the tops off of your strawberries. (I cheated and bought them already cut.)
2. Place the skewers into the squash to determine spacing. Alternatively, you can do this after you’ve assembled your skewers. Each row of skewers is placed in the previous row’s “windows”. I did two rows of short skewers, one row of long skewers, and a forth and final row of short skewers.
3. The first row of “feathers” are the triangle peppers. I alternated big and small orange, yellow, and red peppers.
4. The second row (from the base up) is a cheese square, a kiwi round, another cheese square, and two blueberries.
5. The third (longer) row is a green grape, upside down strawberry, a red grape, another strawberry, and a blackberry.
6. The forth row is a red grape, a green grape, a red grape, and a blueberry.
7. Assemble the “head”! Fasten the pear upside down onto the base with a short skewer.
8. Cut a triangle out of a cheese square for the beak, use two small blueberries for its eyes, and secure the gobble (I refuse to call it a wattle).
9. Finally, add your pepper feet!
10. Impress everyone at your Thanksgiving gathering!
I would love to see your creations! If you make one, post it on Instagram and tag me!