The Fruit & Toast Dinosaur


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 / 2 slices of bread (plain or fruity)
  • Handful of raisins
  • 1 peach
  • 1 pear (or apple)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Butter some toast and cut it in to one large oval for the body, 4 small rectangles for the legs and one long thin strip for the tree trunk. Place as above
  2. Cut a banana in half and place one half for the neck and head. Slice the remaining banana and cover the toasty body with the slices
  3. With a sharp knife, cut a 'smile' in the banana
  4. Place one raisin on the banana head for an eye and place the remaining raisins below the dinosaur legs for that soil effect
  5. Cut thin slices from around the outside of a peach leaving the skin on and place below the raisins for prehistoric rocks
  6. Slice a pear or apple, cut in to strips and arrange around the thin, toasty tree stump to make leafy branches
This is an adaptation.

The Buzzy Bee Garden Scene


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 satsuma
  • 1 plum
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 2 blueberries
  • 7 raisins
  • 1 strawberry
  • Some green decorating icing
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Peel and separate the satsuma segments (can use tinned also) and set aside
  2. Cut a plum in half, remove the stone and cut in to thin slices about the same size as the satsuma segments
  3. Arrange the plum slices and satsuma segments alternately to make the bee body as above
  4. Cut one thin slice of apple, cut in half and place above bee body for wings
  5. Cut a slice of banana and place near bee body for bee head, using a sharp knife to cut in a small 'smile'
  6. Place 6 raisins below the bee body for legs and one on the face for an eye
  7. Cut two very thin strips of apple to make antennae and place two blueberries above them
  8. Cut a rounded skin on end off the apple and cut in half for the flower head base
  9. Remove the stalk from the strawberry and cut it vertically in to 6 segments and arrange to make the flower petals
  10. Use some green decorating icing for the flower stalk and grass
  11. Cut one thin slice of apple, cut in half and place at base of flower for leaves
This is an original.

The Strawberry Dog


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 large strawberry and 1 small strawberry
  • Soft cream cheese
  • small amount of sugar
  • 2 raisins
  • 3 blueberries
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • 2 mint leaves

HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Take the large strawberry and cut a thin slice from the fat end (so that it stands upside down steadily) and remove the stalk
  2. Place it upside down in a plate
  3. Take the small strawberry and cut out the stalk
  4. Place a cocktail stick vertically through the middle of the upside down large strawberry
  5. Place the small strawberry on the cocktail stick with the pointy end towards you for the face
  6. Mix a small amount of soft cream cheese with a small amount of sugar and pipe two small blobs on to the face for eyes
  7. Place a raisin in each cheese blob for pupils
  8. Fill a blueberry with the soft cheese mixture (to make it sticky) and stick the blueberry on to the pointy bit of the strawberry for the nose
  9. Squeeze a small amount of the cheese mixture of to two mint leaves (to make them sticky) and stick one on each side of the small strawberry head to make ears
  10. Place two blueberries at the front of the large strawberry body for feet
This is an adaptation.

The Soft Cheese & Salad Mermaid

This is one of the more complicated creations I have come up with but it's worth it for the smile on big and little people's faces.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 / 2 slices of bread
  • Soft cheese
  • Half a cucumber
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 black olive
  • 1 red pepper
  • Two hula hoops
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Spread the soft cheese on the bread (or toast) and cut out 1 rectangular piece (but with one end wider than the other) for the body, two thin rectangles for the arms, two small ovals for the hands and one circle for the face
  2. Arrange on the plate as above
  3. Cut two thin circular slices of cucumber and place on the body for b00bies
  4. Cut the cherry tomato in half and place on the cucumber circles to make b00bies look more authentic
  5. Cut the cucumber in half (lengthwise) and, leaving enough to cut out a fin shape, slice the cucumber in to thin slices so that you ed up with lots of semi-circle shapes
  6. Starting from the fin end, arrange the cucumber semi-circles over each other, getting wider towards the body as above.
  7. Cut a fin shape out of a pice of cucumber with sin on and scrape it with a fruit zester for that fin effect
  8. Grate most of the carrot (leaving a couple of slices to cut out fish shapes) and arrange round the face for hair
  9. Place two hula hoops on the face for eyes
  10. Cut two small chunks from the black olive for nostrils
  11. Cut a thin slice from the red pepper with skin on and cut to shape in to a mouth (you could do the same with a tomato)
  12. Cut out two simple fish shapes from the remaining carrot and place in the 'sea'
  13. I finished mine off by lightly colouring some salad cream with blue food colouring and piping at the bottom to make sea
This is an original.

The Pear & Fruit Peacock

This is a really easy and effective healthy snack and the great thing about it is that the peacock tail can be made out of any fruit.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 pear
  • 1 strawberry
  • Any other selection of small soft fruit, I used:
  • 1 satsuma
  • Some grapes
  • 1 banana
  • Some blueberries
  • Some raisins
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Cut a pear in half and remove the core, any pips and pull the stalk off
  2. Place the pear flat side down with the pointy end at the top
  3. Cut a triangular beak from the strawberry and place in the middle of the pear
  4. Cut 3 thin strips from the strawberry, 1 longer than the others and place the longer strip in the middle with the two shorter strips to the right and left of it to make feet as above
  5. Place two raisins above the strawberry beak for eyes
  6. Place a selection of fruit all the way round the pear except for the bottom section and repeat with different varieties of fruit until you run out of space on the plate
This is an adaptation.

The Grape & Pear Hedgehog


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 pear
  • 1 blueberry
  • Some grapes
  • Some cocktail sticks
  • 2 cloves or raisins
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Cut a pear in half and remove the core, pips and stalk
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin from pear half
  3. Take a cocktail stick, push the grape on about half way and push the stick in to the peeled pear half covering the rounded half and leaving the pointy end clear
  4. Use cloves (less child friendly) or raisins for eyes
  5. Place a blueberry at the pointed end for the nose
  6. Squirt a little lemon juice over the pear if you are making in advance
This is a copy.

The Banana Butterfly

Following on from The Banana Caterpillar, you can add some toast or muffin wings and turn your caterpillar in to a beautiful butterfly. Decorate the wings with whatever pattern takes your fancy.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 banana
  • Some blueberries
  • Some raspberries (or other berry)
  • Two slices of toast (plain or fruity) / muffins / hot cross buns
HOW TO MAKE IT
  1. Make the banana body in a similar way to The Banana Caterpillar but with blueberries as eyes rather than raisins
  2. Cut out 4 rounds from the toast or use round muffins or hot cross buns toasted and cut in half to make the wings
  3. Decorate the wings with fruit
This is an original.

The Banana Caterpillar

The banana caterpillar is a real favourite of mine and probably the most regular visitor to the breakfast table. You can add all sorts of things to the scene around the caterpillar and it is a really easy but effective creation.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of raisins (enough to make legs and eyes depending on how many segments you cut your banana in to
  • 1 strawberry
  • 2 raspberries (or green grapes)
  • 1 pear
HOW TO MAKE IT:
  1. Peel the banana and cut it in to segments (width is a personal preference)
  2. Remove the end pointy section from one of the ends and place the next segment flat to make the caterpillar head
  3. With a sharp knife, cut a 'smile' in to the banana segment face
  4. Place two raisins on the face for eyes
  5. Place raisins between each segment on either side for caterpillar legs
  6. Cut off a thin slice of the end of the strawberry with the stalk on and cut another slice for the middle of the flower
  7. Place the remainder of the strawberry flat-side down and from the top, cut it in to 8 segments for the petals
  8. Cut a thin strip of pear (or apple) to make the stem
  9. Place raspberries, grapes or any other type of berry for leaves
  10. Cut a pear in to thin strips to give that 'grass' effect
This is an adaptation.