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Food Arts And Crafts: Food Activities With Kids

Creative activities that revolve around food and nature can be both educational and fun and are a great way to engage children.

Food Art And Activities To Do With Kids

These hands-on food arts and crafts offer dynamic learning experiences for kids, teens, or adults.

Each activity not only encourages creativity with tactile activities, but also fosters a deeper understanding of plants, colors, textures, and scientific concepts, making learning an enjoyable immersive experience for kids of all ages.

Herb Pressing

Photo of herbs mint and rosemary for herb pressing, food arts and crafts

Herb pressing is a craft that engages all the senses and introduces children to the fascinating world of herbs. Learn to identify different herbs by sight and smell, enhance sensory skills and botanical knowledge.

Herb pressing is a hands-on learning adventure where you can work on skills for identifying herbs by sight, getting familiar with the differences in aromas and flavors, feeling the different textures and parts of the leaves and stems, and listening to the sounds as they’re pressed or snapped.

Preserve the herbs in a scrapbook or art piece to enjoy time and time again.

Fruit Molecules

Grapes held together with toothpicks to make a molecular model, food activity with kids

Another fun project is creating molecules from fruit and toothpicks. This would be a great activity for older kids learning about chemistry and the structure of molecules.

Having fun building any kind of structures with fruit and toothpicks can help younger kids develop their fine motor skills.

Blueberries and different colored grapes make great atoms of different sizes. Use one, two, or three toothpicks for the different types of molecular bonds (we recommend supervision with the toothpicks, of course!). When you’re done building, eat the fruit!

Painting With Pigments

Person grinding plant pigments with mortar and pestle, food art

Lots of fruits, vegetables, and plants have natural pigments that can be used to make your own paint.

This hands-on activity offers a chance to explore the properties of different plants while honing painting skills.

Combine science and art by exploring plant properties, color mixing and artistic techniques.

Mosaic Art

Apple paper mosaic, food arts and crafts

Fruit or veggie mosaics are a simple activity that offers kids a chance to learn to recognize different types of produce, observe their characteristics such as shape, textures, and colors, as well as develop fine motor skills.

Plus, the end result is a unique piece of colorful art to keep.

Vegetables In Food Coloring

Celery standing upright in a clear glass filled with blue tinted water, food science, food activity with kids

Another fun activity to learn about the science of plants is placing veggies such as lettuce, bok choy, or celery in water tinted with food coloring.

In addition to observing the changes that happen in the veggie, this activity also offers the opportunity to practice using a camera or drawing. Whether it’s drawing, photography or videography you can document the changes with still images, videos or timelapses.

Learn about the properties of plants and leaves, practice working with a camera or drawing, and develop observation skills. This is a great way to engage kids in technology, art, and science.

Go! Get Creative With Your Food Arts And Crafts!

Incorporating food-related arts and crafts projects into children's lives is a great way to create casual learning experiences that feel less like learning and more like fun. 

Whether it's identifying herbs, exploring chemistry, painting with natural pigments, creating colorful mosaics, or observing the changes in vegetables, each project encourages creativity, sensory exploration, and a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

These engaging activities not only nurture artistic skills but also cultivate curiosity, imagination, and a love for learning that extends beyond classroom learning.

Let us know which of these food activities with kids you’d like to try, have tried, or would like to see a step-by-step tutorial for.


About the Author

Sara Kerr, RDN, LD

Sara is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, artist, writer, and video editor. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nutrition from Oregon State University. In 2021 she founded The Kerrminator LLC, which specializes in creative services including video editing, graphic design, and content creation.


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