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Farm Veggies can be Fun

By: Paula Bales for Styrofoam Brand Foam

In making these funny farm veggies it might make your child want to eat more veggies. If they can laugh and play with them they might want to try the real thing.

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Cones, 6" x 3", two
    • Egg, 5", one
    • Ball, 3", one
  • Acrylic paints: orange, purple, red
  • Clay pots, one each: 2-1/2"; 3"
  • Plastic canvas yarn, 2-ply, green
  • Wiggle eyes, four each: 10mm; 15mm
  • Wooden ball knobs, 3/8", four
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrushes: round, flat
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Steps:

Carrots

  1. Pass knife blade through candle stub. Use knife to cut foam cones into carrot shapes; carrots should be slightly different. Sand carrots with scrap piece of foam. Use paintbrush handle to indent horizontal lines in carrots; use finger to make round indentation in top of each carrot.
     
  2. Paint carrots orange, and two ball knobs red (noses).
     
  3. Glue two 10mm wiggle eyes to one carrot and two 15mm eyes to remaining carrot. Paint top third of each eye orange for eyelids; use marker to outline eyelids.
     
  4. Using photo as guide, glue noses to carrots. Using very little paint, paint cheeks red. Use marker to draw mouths and eyebrows.
     
  5. For carrot stems, glue yarn loops of various sizes together; glue stems to carrot tops.
     
  6. Glue additional yarn loops inside top of 2-1/2" clay pot. Glue carrots together, then glue carrots inside pot.

Eggplant

  1. Follow carrot instructions, except:
     
  2. Cut foam egg into eggplant shape; indent top.
     
  3. Paint eggplant purple, and one ball knob red (nose).
     
  4. Glue two 15mm eyes to eggplant. Paint eyelids purple; outline.
     
  5. For leaves, glue small yarn loops to top of eggplant. For stem, cut three 3/4" lengths from yarn. Glue lengths together, then glue to top of eggplant.
     
  6. Glue additional yarn loops, and eggplant, inside top of 3" pot.

Tomato

  1. Follow carrot instructions, except:
     
  2. Cut foam ball into tomato shape; indent top.
     
  3. Paint tomato red, and one ball knob orange (nose).
     
  4. Glue two 10mm eyes to tomato. Paint eyelids red; outline.
     
  5. Follow eggplant Step 4.

 

®™ Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow. For more project ideas, please see styrofoamstyle.com.

 

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