Experiment with patterns or make a garden full of fun with this easy art activity for kids, using fruits, veggies, and other items you have at home!
Watch and listen to the story: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert
Questions for engagement
- What kinds of fruits do you like? What colors are they? What shapes are they?
- What kinds of vegetables do you like? What colors are they? What shapes are they?
- Do you think you can make art with fruit and vegetables?
- Fruits such as apple, pear, lemon, lime, or orange work well (avoid fruit that is too juicy)
- Vegetables such as squash, bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, mushroom, cabbage, celery or bok choy work well (you can cut the bottom off and save the stalks for cooking)
- Washable paint
- Paper plate, container lid, or something else flat to put paint on, one for each color of paint
- Surface cover like newspaper
- Cut each fruit or vegetable so that there is one flat side. Remove seeds, if present. Pat the flat side onto a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Put a small amount of paint onto each paper plate. Choose which fruits or vegetables will go with each color.
- Dip the fruit or vegetable into one color of paint. Using a small amount of paint works best. Make sure the flat surface is covered with paint.
- Gently press the fruit or vegetable onto a piece of paper. You can experiment with patterns or make a garden full of fun!