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Make your own vegetable animals

Watch this video for advice from our expert, Lisa.

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To make vegetable 'lego' all you need to do is watch our video below on how to carve vegetables – a bit like they do in Thai restaurants for garnish, but a lot simpler. You can make anything you like, and in our video you’ll see snails, turtles, frogs, crocodiles, penguins and racing cars.

Because vegetable carving involves using a very fine, sharp knife, we’d advise an adult to do the cutting and then involve the kids in the assembling.

What you need

  • Fruit and vegetables such as hard green apples (such as Granny Smiths), radishes, carrots and cucumbers
  • A fine, sharp knife
  • A chopping board
  • Cocktail sticks

How to make a vegetable 'lego' racing car

  1. Chop the cucumber in half and carve a slither off the bottom of the cucumber so that it sits flat on the chopping board. This is the body of your car.
  2. Next create the cockpit by carving a square out of the top. This is where the driver will sit.
  3. You might like to add a number to your car, carving it into the bonnet.
  4. To make the wheels, slice four rounds of carrots and stick them on each side using a cocktail stick that has been chopped into three.
  5. Add a hubcap to each carrot wheel, made out of the very tip of a radish.
  6. The driver, whose head peeks out of the cockpit, is made of a whole radish. You can carve a shallow figure of eight-type shape into the front, so he looks like he’s wearing white goggles. Place him into the cockpit using a cocktail stick.
  7. Stick two small batons of carrots to the back of the car, as the double exhaust pipe.

There you go – your very own vegetable 'lego' racing car! And remember, if you make any mistakes, don’t worry; you simply get to eat them.