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Love, love, love melon season! My boys were delighted when they appeared and I couldn’t wait to start cutting them into shapes.

We started with a melon-o-saurus so we could fit in the last of the blueberries and the juicy pears as well. They’re pretty heavy if you get a whole one.




  • watermelon
  • blueberries (or raisins)
  • pear (or apple)


Step 1 Cut the watermelon into thick slices. Carve a head and neck from a slice.

Step 2 Then add a body.

Step 3 I had a gap so plugged it with a little piece of watermelon.

Step 4 Add a long tail.

Step 5 And some stocky legs.

Step 6 Then a blueberry eye.

Step 7 Use more blueberries for the mouth and the toes.

Step 8 Then build the trunk of the palm from more berries.

Step 9 Extend the trunk all the way to the ground and use slices of pear for the fronds.

Step 10 Pepita and sunflower seeds make the perfect ground.


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: Apr 2015

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