Halloween Veggie Creatures

Halloween is coming up, and it's about time to decorate your porch. However, with so many varieties of seasonal fruit and veg available, don't you think it's unfair that pumpkins steal the show year after year? Why not let your peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and apples take the stage for a change? They are so versatile, you'll be spoiled for choice of what to make. Also, the projects you'll find below involve little to no cutting - perfect activity for children of all ages.

1. Doggy.
Ingredients:
2 Large Butternut Squash
5 Cucumbers
1 purple tomato (for the nose)
2 Hibiscus Berries (for the eyes)
Small vegetables can be easily substituted for any other veg available at your grocery store. If you want to make your doggy last though, avoid grapes and soft berries as they rot quickly.
Instructions:
1. Connect one squash with another using chopsticks or skewers. You may need for than two for a better hold.
2. Attach other body parts with toothpicks. Done!
​2. Monster
veggie monster madebyhelga
Ingredients:
1 Large Zucchini
6 Cucumbers
1 Bell Pepper
2 Tomatoes
Instructions:
As before, connect all the large parts with chopsticks or skewers, then add on details with toothpicks. Unpeeled pumpkin seeds can make great teeth.
3. Giraffe
giraffe veggie madebyhelga
 
Ingredients: 
1 Yellow squash
5 Cucumbers
2 Tomatoes
2 Hibiscus berries
Instructions: as before
4. Triceratops
triceratops veggies madebyhelga
Ingredients:
1 Large White Scallop Squash
1/2 White Squash 
1 Large Green Round Squash
4 Cucumbers
3 Peppers (1 large and two smaller ones)
A Dozen of Apples
2 Hibiscus Berries (for the eyes)
Instructions:
1. As before, connect the white scallop squash with the green squash using skewers. You may need to use 4-6 to make a solid body.
2. Connect the half of your white squash with a scallop squash using toothpicks. This will make a face of your triceratops.
3. Chop off the stems of your peppers - they will fit better when flat - and attach them to the face of your creature. 
4. Now distribute the apples evenly around your animal's neck and secure them with toothpicks.
5. The final part is legs. As the creature has a heavy head, it is important to get the balance right. Using longer cucumbers for front legs and shorter ones for the back will help you keep triceratops on its feet.
We can't wait to see what you create! Please, share your images with us and have a happy Halloween!

 

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DIY Photo Teabags

These tea bags are so popular with everyone in our family that we had to make them more than once. They will brighten up any 5 o'clock or even a tea party (particularly if matched with the main theme). They also make a fantastic present for loving grandparents/ aunts/ uncles and family friends - and you can make your own tea bags for that extra touch of luxury. Try different poses and outfits - your kids will definitely have fun helping you with this one!

Instructions:

1. Choose your tea

teabag in the hand

2. Print and cut out an image of your child with arms spread apart

boy_arms_apart

3. Staple the tea bag to the picture

stapled teabag

4. Enjoy your cuppa!

photo tea bag in a cup

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