A Fun and Simple Craft Idea: Draw (and Serve!) Your Favourite Meal

This easy craft idea is perfect for budding foodies with big imaginations

This is Dad’s favourite meal: a big steak, baked potato, tossed salad

What I most enjoy about crafting with little kids is that they don’t really care about the outcomes; they have more fun with the process, whereas older children (and parents) can be easily frustrated by projects that don’t turn out as well as they expected. As a person who is not overly artistic in a “fine arts” kind of way, I learned long ago that it’s best to think of arts and crafts time just as family time, and not create high expectations or be too worried about achieving perfection. Crafting is a lot more fun if you can just let go and enjoy the moment.

This wee activity was a big hit with my kids when they were younger, and as an extra bonus it often resulted in great conversations about food groups and healthy eating.

What you’ll need:
• Plain paper
• Markers or pencil crayons
• Scissors

Directions:

1. Draw food. Cut out. Serve on plates (or paper plates, if you’re worried about breakage).

We often drew our favourite meals—sushi, spaghetti and meatballs, fries—but the fun really began when we asked ourselves some creative questions about the favourite dinners of other people or creatures we knew. What would a bear eat? A sumo wrestler? An alien? Sometimes our designs resulted in paper cookies and milk that grew into a tea party with the teddy bears, or bacon and eggs served in bed on a big tray. You’ll be amazed at what your kids will come up with!

Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.

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