Children and adults will love to make these wacky edible racing cars. Make racing cars out of fruits and vegetables and you will have fantastic centrepieces for a child's or adult's theme party. Have a car-building competition at a stag party or a child's automobile-themed birthday. When children who don't like to eat vegetables build a vegetable racing car, they may well discover that they enjoy playing with their food and eating it, too.
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Things you need
- For each car:
- 4 toothpicks, at least 2 inches long
- Stick of celery
- Food colouring
- Glass of water
- 6 grapes
- Kitchen knife
- Cutting board
The day before you want to make the racing cars, take the carrot and put it on the cutting board. Using the kitchen knife, cut the carrot in half. Cut off the top of the carrot where the leaves would grow. Cut four circular pieces from the thickest part of the carrot. The slices should be one-third of an inch wide. Each piece will be a wheel for the racing car. Place the carrot slices in the refrigerator.
The day before you want to make the racing cars, take the celery stick and put it on the cutting board. Using the kitchen knife, cut the top and the bottom of the celery, leaving the widest middle portion. The portion left behind should be six inches long. This is the middle or body of the racing car.
Make the celery into fun racing car colours. Add three drops of food colouring to half a glass of water. Stand the celery on end in the water. After several hours, the food colouring will make its way up the celery stick.
The day that you plan to make the racing cars, place the coloured celery stick in the centre of your work area. Bring the toothpicks, grapes and four slices of carrot to the work area.
Move the celery into the middle of the work area. Turn the celery so the "U" shape is facing towards the table. Place one carrot circle at the top left of the celery stick, one at the top right, one at the bottom left and one at the bottom right.
Add the carrot wheels to the celery stick body of the car. About an inch from the top of the celery stick, put one toothpick through the celery at a right angle to the stick. About an inch from the bottom of the celery stick, put one toothpick through the celery at a right angle to the stick.
There will be about half an inch of toothpick on either side of the celery stick. Push the centre of each carrot slice onto one of the pointed parts of the toothpick until there are four carrot wheels on the celery stick. Turn the celery over.
Take the last two toothpicks and poke the grapes. Add three grapes to each toothpick to make pretend racing car drivers. Push the bottom of the toothpick into celery stick so the grape "people" are sitting inside the racing car.
Tips and warnings
- To make a more delicious and inventive racing car that will be popular with children, add cream cheese to the middle of the celery stick. The children can place raisins, dried cranberries and nuts into the cream cheese. The raisins, cranberries and nuts represent the race car drivers and passengers.
- If you are making racing cars with small children and they have a hard time working with the toothpicks, lightly steam the carrots for three minutes to soften them. Give time for the carrot slices to cool, then have the children use the softer carrot rounds as wheels.
- Always have an adult present to assist when young children are using toothpicks.
- If you plan to eat the racing cars, make sure that you adequately clean the cutting and crafting surfaces to ensure that they are food-safe. Eat the racing cars within a day of producing them, and keep the cars in the fridge before eating them.
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