Yesterday we read Crickwing by Janell Cannon. In this story we meet Crickwing the cockroach. This insect had fallen on bad luck and adopted an equally sour attitude.
In the story he takes out his frustration on smaller creatures, gets payback, is shown compassion and then realizes that he doesn't have to be a mean bully. He ends up using his talent to bless the lives of others. His talent is food sculptures. In other words, he plays with his food.
So we decided it would be fun to play with our food too! We made food faces. You don't really need to rush out to the store to buy special food for this activity. It's a fabulous way to use up the odds and ends you have in your fridge and on your shelf.
My kids thought this was awesome! Notice they didn't touch the cucumber? Can't say that I blame them. :P
If you need more inspiration, or would like to take food play to a whole other level, Saxton Freymann is a master and has a couple of books from which to get ideas. Or simply enjoy food made into art!
And, of course, I cannot finish this post without lavishing praise upon Janell Cannon. Every book she has written is beautiful. She is a gifted storyteller and amazing artist. All of her books feature a lovable protagonist with an engaging tale to tell. Each story has an important moral that is simple and subtle. At the end of her stories, she includes information about the animal. I can't recommend her enough. In addition to Crickwing, she has written Stellaluna, Verdi, Trupp, Pinduli, and Little You. Crickwing is also offered in Spanish and Stellaluna is offered in Spanish and Welsh.