Citrus giraffe

Super easy, super quick, seasonal and delicious, the Citrus giraffe is perfect for a snack or dessert.



  • orange
  • mandarin (smaller ones work better)
  • dark grapes (or raisins/dates)


Step 1 Slice the orange. Cut one of the larger sections towards the centre in half to make a semi-circle for the body (save the biggest piece for the neck).

Step 2 Cut two strips for the main legs.

Step 3 Add two shorter strips for the other legs.

Step 4 Use the longest piece to make the neck and a shorter piece for the tail.

Step 5 Cut a small piece of orange for the head.

Step 6 Then chop up and add some mandarin segments to make the markings.

Step 7 And use two full segments to make the ears.

Step 8 Chop the ends from two grapes to make the eyes and then use a little slice for the smile.

So simple the mini-chefs can probably make their own…


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find
inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids
big and small. Judith describes her mission as
“how to present healthy food creatively so it is
delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids
can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole
grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor
parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and
working on a budget.

First published: Aug 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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