I am always looking for ways to make books “come to life” for my son and merge the stories we read with crafts and sensory experiences.
A few months ago, we brought home “One Lonely Seahorse” by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers from the library and loved how the seascape illustrations were actually works of art made out of real fruits and vegetables. I knew we had to bring this book to life by making our own “edible aquarium.”
After shopping at the grocery store for our “art supplies,” we began sculpting all of our fruit and vegetable sea creatures, using the book for inspiration, but playing around as we went and improvising. My son used his own kid chef knife to help cut some of the fruit and it was easy for him to insert the black eyed peas for eyes.
We decided to make our sea creatures a home out of our sensory bin, filling it with water.
While I wish this activity was enough to entice my picky eater to try some exotic fruits and vegetables, I was happy enough that it promoted so many skills and hands-on fun! I also love that it helped my son experiment with different artistic mediums and allowed for interpretation and perspective.