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This cute grape hedgehog not only makes a fun animal food art snack for kids, but is a great way for them to practice their fine motor skills!
Watch the video in this post to see the fine motor skills in action on this adorable grape hedgehog.
Lately I’m all about making cute animal food art for my toddler picky eater and this cute grape hedgehog is no exception. Except he comes with an added bonus – a fun food craft activity that helps little kids practice their fine motor skills!
By they way I didn’t come up with this idea, I’ve seen it everywhere on Pinterest! If anyone has the original source, please let me know I’d love to credit them.
How do I eat my grape hedgehog?
It’s very important with this activity to watch your toddler or child carefully through the whole process (as with any activities with little ones) as grapes are a choking hazard! Make sure once you are done, to remove the grapes and quarter them for your child to eat safely.
After your cut the grapes, remove the toothpicks and cut the pear into small, bite-sized snack pieces.
Are the toothpicks too sharp for my toddler?
No! I was worried about mine poking his fingers but that did not happen and the grapes slid inside easily without too much effort.
How else can you play with this grape hedgehog?
There are so many fun ways to play! First, you can teach your child the names of the fruits involved like grapes, and pear and blueberry for the nose.
You can have them insert grapes and count each time they do.
You can also ask them how many grapes they can fit on one toothpick.
When the hedgehog is filled with grapes, they can also count as they remove the grapes.
Grape Hedgehog – Materials:
One small pear
Grapes (any color will do)
One small blueberry
Two small mini chocolate chips
How to Make a Grape Hedgehog
- 1 Small pear
- Grapes any color will do
- 1 Small blueberry
- 2 Mini chocolate chips
- Wash and dry your pear and use a vegetable peeler to peel the top portion that will be his face.
- Trim the pear stem and insert a blueberry for his nose.
- Insert two small mini chocolate chips as his eyes. We just squeezed the top part in and they held!
- Insert toothpicks all around the bottom pear portion that still has skin.
- Invite your child to add grapes one at a time to the toothpicks as "quills" and fill out your grape hedgehog!
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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.