Looking for something entertaining to do with the grandkids? These healthy recipes are delicious to eat and even more fun to make!

Fruit and vegies come to life in Kindy Kitchen. These recipes are the perfect option to have something to do with the little kids in your life plus give you something to snack on. Enjoy!


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Recipes & Images taken from Kindy Kitchen by Jess Rossman & Nettie Lodge, ABC Books, RRP: $16.75 – GET 16% OFF* The RRP – Order your copy now.

The tomato seaweed lady beetles

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Fills: 1 buzzing belly

3 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 
5 basil leaves 
1 sheet of roasted nori seaweed 

1 plate
1 pair of scissors 
1 glass of water

How to make
1. Place five tomato lady beetles on their basil tree leaves on the plate.

2. Now to add the spots and a head, ask Mum or Dad to help you use the scissors to cut circles out of the seaweed, then attach them with a little water.

3. Gobble them up before they fly away!

The four-layered fruit cake recipe 

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Feeds: 8–10 birthday buddies

1 round seedless watermelon
1 rockmelon
1 honeydew melon
Blueberries, strawberries and redcurrants for decoration (optional)

1 long cook’s knife
1 chopping board
1 x 16-cm round cake tin
1 plate
1 x 11-cm round cookie cutter
1 x 9-cm round cookie cutter
1 x 6-cm round cookie cutter
birthday candles toothpicks (optional)

How to make
1. Ask Mum or Dad to cut off both ends of the watermelon with a long knife. Sit the watermelon flat on the chopping board and place the cake tin on top. Using the cake tin as a guide, ask Mum or Dad to help you cut a round shape from the watermelon, approximately 10 cm deep. Transfer the watermelon round to the plate and keep any leftover watermelon to eat later.

2. To make the second layer of the cake, ask Mum or Dad to cut the ends off the rockmelon and sit it flat on the chopping board. Use the 11-cm cookie cutter to cut out a circle, approximately 4 cm deep. Place the rockmelon round in the centre of the watermelon round.

3. Next, ask Mum or Dad to cut the ends off the honeydew melon. Sit it flat on the chopping board and use the 9-cm cookie cutter to cut out the third layer of the cake. Transfer the honeydew melon round to the top of the rockmelon.

4. Finally, use the 6-cm cookie cutter to cut out a small circle of rockmelon from the leftover rockmelon and then place this at the very top of your cake.

5. Add your candles and feel free to decorate the cake with blueberries, strawberries and redcurrants, using toothpicks if you’d like.

Happy birthday!

TIP: To feed more friends, use a 20-cm cake tin for the base.

The fruit treasure chest recipe

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Feeds: up to 10 hungry pirates

1 round watermelon
10 raspberries
15 blueberries
10 cherries
5 strawberries, halved lengthways
15 cubes of pineapple

1 long cook’s knife
1 chopping board
1 large spoon
1 star-shaped cookie cutter
1 small serrated knife
1 large plate

How to make
1. First ask Mum or Dad to cut a thin strip off the very bottom of the watermelon, so the chest has a flat bottom and can sit upright on the chopping board.

2. Now, using the recipe photo as a guide, ask Mum or Dad to cut a 45-degree wedge out of the watermelon, using a long knife. Scoop out contents with a spoon.

3. Again, with help from Mum or Dad, cut the watermelon flesh into small cubes and/or star-shapes and deposit these precious gems, along with your raspberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and cubed pineapple into the watermelon treasure chest. Transfer the chest to a large plate.

4. Why not hide the chest somewhere and see if your pirate friends can find it!

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