Halloween is certainly growing in popularity in Australia, if the number of “Treat or Treat”-ers that we get knocking on our door in recent years is anything to go by. We really enjoyed our three Halloweens spent in Texas. It really is such a fun holiday and it wonderful to see all the neighbourhood children dress up and go around their neighbourhood.
However it isn’t such a healthy holiday – with so much chocolate and lollies consumed. Here is one Halloween Craft activity that the kids will enjoy creating, and then they will have a healthy addition to their school lunchbox.
Jack O’Lantern Fruit
You will need:
· Oranges, mandarins, or tangerines in different sizes
· Chenille sticks (aka pipe cleaners) in shades of green
· Black card
· Sticker machine or double sided tape
Firstly you will need to wash your fruit well and allow to dry. It is best to use fruit that is at room temperature (as the face will stick on better).
Draw some eyes, noses, and mouths on black card. Cut out your facial features and place them in the sticker machine. When they are sticky, position the faces on the fruit.
Wrap a chenille stick around a pencil so that it is curly. Place a toothpick in the top of the orange and press it down so only a small part is showing. Twist the curled chenille stem around the top of the toothpick.
They are so much fun to make and they are a great way to encourage your children to eat more fruit. Make sure the toothpick is removed before giving the fruit to young children.
They make a great Halloween centrepiece for your table.
Not long to go now until Halloween! I wonder how many Trick or Treaters we get this year? We had better stock up on lollies – not sure how they would react if we gave them fruit:)