Making Vegetables Fun for Kids: Veggie People

Okay, so here’s the deal…I signed up to bring veggies and dip to my daughter’s fall preschool party and then had this sudden fear that I was the “so-not-cool mom” bringing VEGETABLES to a kids’ party!

I had to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to show my daughter that veggies could be cool…fun…exciting even!

So I began to think…driving, of course!  And then it hit me…veggie people! Yes, veggie people!

I could do this! Yes, peppers for faces, olives for eyes…shoot, broccoli for hair!

I could start to envision it. But wait…

How do I bring fall into the mix? Hmmm…

A pumpkin, YES!

But do WHAT with a pumpkin??? Think, Elizabeth, think…

Ah-ha! The pumpkin could be the dip bowl!

And alas, we were on our way. I COULD make veggies fun and exciting to a three-year-old.

It was a mystery as to whether or not she’d actually eat them, but that was BESIDE the point. The point here was FUN, people!

So we headed to the grocery store and in Vanna White-like fashion I presented my idea to Layla.

Holding various produce in the air, I gave my best sales pitch…


I tried to decipher her ever-changing facial expression…was it confusion?



Excitement?…Give me somethin’ kid!

And then…

Her mouth began to open…

Slightly cringing, I awaited her response. And with great conviction she announced…

“We need carrots!”

Woo-Hoo!!!  VICTORY!


Lo and behold…our veggie people! =)


1. Before purchasing your peppers, make sure they “sit” well and won’t fall over.

2. Hollow out your peppers and line the insides with plastic wrap or press n’ seal to keep their flavor from altering the taste of the other veggies, especially if you’re prepping ahead of time. NOTE: Save your cut pepper tops to make eyes, noses, etc. I left one pepper top untouched so it could be used as a hat. Also, the green pepper stems make fun noses! =)

3. Hollow out your pumpkin and line it as well. You can use plastic wrap or a cup or container to actually hold the dip inside. I cut down a large plastic cup and it fit great!

4. Use toothpicks to attach eyes, noses, and mouths (I cut my toothpicks in half). Then gently fill your peppers with your cut veggies for dipping to look like fun hair.

5. Enjoy the “veggies” of your labor! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

P.S. For those of you who are art fans, my husband says that Layla’s and my creation gives Arcimboldo some competition. Not bad, eh?!

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