Sunday, October 31, 2010

actual veggie tales in our home

Inspired by a small video clip featuring a man from Michigan, a carver, who perfects the art of pumpkin carving each year. As he ate his lunch during his interview, he carved an apple, and the rest they say, for us, is now history.

As the children carved their orange friends, this mother began making an early dinner.

As the potato peeler ran up and down, an alert signaled in my brain, creating a small reminder of carving done as an art, no matter the product used.

This friendly potato became my canvas. And what was just a spontaneous bit of fun, I must confess, the idea turned into an ongoing and
"true veggie tale of the day"!

Next came carving a mandarin orange, a mini pumpkin as the children announced. Not an easy task, as one had to carve the orange without cutting into the pith, so the sticky juice didn't run down an arm.

Now, that made two veggies with friendly faces.

Should they not become friends?

Or friends at least with similar colored and shapes?

Next up?

An apple.

A Macintosh apple that is.

The children discovered using an apple corer to create round noses and such, so out it came for the veggie carving.

Well, hello little friend...

Oh, we mustn't forget this bright orange guy..." Carlyle the Carrot"

And then "Bob, the tomato" came to visit, a real bug-eyed Bob for sure! And, he brought along a wee friend, otherwise known as "Shorty, the carrot top".

What fun we had!

So many possibilities await in the kitchen for creating art masterpieces with food.

Just an idea for a fun lunch together; Why not place a few carving tools on your counter top, along with a few possibilities for characters to come alive and visit you. It's similar to playing with playdoh (smiles), an art activity at best using suitable tools and offering supervision for the activity. Hang out in your kitchen while forming, sculpting and molding, though in the end, lunch is made and all projects are then edible.

Your children will gobble them all up with pleasure, and beg you for more when all visual signs of their artistic carvings but disappear.

Oops, just a tip; take a few pictures before they consume their projects.