At Moon & Spoon, we love food related craft especially if it involves healthy food! It’s a great way of getting kids more interested in food, and have fun at the same time!
Todays quick and fun rainy day craft involves oven dried orange slices. These look and smell absolutely amazing, and make fantastic decorations for Christmas.
This will require adult supervision and guidance as there is cutting and oven usage involved. This is also a great opportunity in teaching children safety in the kitchen.
You will need:
Oranges (any size will do)
Child friendly knife and chopping board
Over (preheated to 100c)
String or ribbon
- Cut oranges into thin slices (approx. 1cm thick), it helps to insert a fork at one end whilst cutting the other end with the knife.
- Blot orange slices on a tea towel to soak up some of the juice.
- Place oranges on a wire rack. This is a good time to sneak in some learning, count the orange slices with your child and ask them to place them down on the rack themselves. Encourage your child to lick or smell the oranges and ask them to describe their taste. What colour is it? Do they smell sweat?
- Next place the wire rack in the oven for 2-3 hours, turning the slices every 30 minutes.
The slices will shrink and darken in colour.
Thread the string or ribbon through each slice and tie a knot at the end, alternatively fill a jar with your orange creations. Cinnamon sticks go really well with oranges and add an extra Christmassy touch.
Voila! These make beautiful Christmas decorations andfill your house with a gorgeous aroma!