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I was hired by The Women Bloggers to participate in this #hummusmadeeasy campaign on behalf of Bush Brothers. All opinions and kid food art activity ideas are my own.
I love hummus, as I’ve mentioned before, but finding time to make it fresh is generally a pain. That is, until Bush’s Beans came up with these cool little pre-mixed hummus flavor packets that make creating hummus super easy and affordable. When I first made the hummus, Bo and I were sold on eating this for lunch forever, but Monkey took a bit more convincing. I created this kid food art activity as a way to encourage her to try the hummus.
Edible Kid Food Art with Hummus Made Easy
For this kid food art activity, you need just a few things:
- Hummus Made Easy packets (found in the bean aisle for about $2)
- Bush’s garbanzo or black beans (depending on what flavor you picked. We did all three flavors of Southwest Black Bean, Roasted Red Pepper, and Classic Hummus for more color variety in our edible kid food art)
- Veggies (we picked a lot of colors so it would look more like the paint we were trying to imitate)
- Kid-safe knives
- Paper plates
First, prepare the ingredients. I did this myself away from the kids to keep things simple, but older kids can also do this part. I chopped up a bunch of all of our veggies and arranged them on a tray. Next, I poured a rinsed can of Bush’s Beans into a bowl and added the flavor packet. I used a potato masher to mix the hummus, but a blender would make things a little less lumpy.
Set the ingredients down in front of the kids. Look at famous paintings together (you can do this online or plan this activity after a visit to an art museum) and determine which one you want to copy. Monkey picked the Mona Lisa, while I decided to recreate The Starry Night.
Let the kids use the vegetables and hummus however they like to recreate their famous painting. We ate lots of the extra vegetables and hummus that didn’t go into our paintings before lunch. We also ate our paintings after photographing them extensively, of course.*****************
Day/Night Kid Food Art
The next day, the kids still wanted to be creative at lunch, and since we had plenty of Hummus Made Easy leftover, we tried another kid food art project. This time, we created a day/night contrast piece on our paper plate. In the day scene, a hawk is swooping across a desert in search of a mouse to eat under the beaming sun. In the night scene, an owl is perched on a branch waiting for prey to appear under a crescent moon and a clear, starry sky.
Monkey and I worked together to create our art piece. We used the Hummus Made Easy as glue for the veggies and to create the day and night skies.
I was thrilled how well these activity turned out. Monkey embraced the hummus and vegetables after these, we enjoyed simple and healthy lunches all week long, and we learned about famous art all at the same time!
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