March 29, 2013

FRUIT LEATHER TANGRAMS

Fruit leather has always been one of my favorite snacks growing up (particularly apple flavored). I remember sucking on it like candy so that it would last longer. It's a snack that's easy to make, but requires some (or a lot of) patience. Since it's dried, it has a pretty long shelf life - except usually, if it's left out it gets eaten right away. 

You know how we're told NOT to play with our food? Well, here's something that goes against that. Introducing fruit leather tangrams, which is all about playing with your food. 


STRAWBERRY

MANGO

APPLE

KIWI


BLACKBERRY




Fruit leather is a great medium to work with. It's thin like paper and has the consistency of plastic, but a little stickier. They can be made in a variety of colors, flavors, and textures (i.e. with seeds or bits of peel). 





What I enjoy about the tangram is that it's simple, fun and engaging. The tangram was invented ages ago in China and translates to "seven boards of skill" (since there are 7 pieces to the puzzle). It reached the Western world in the early 1800's, and was very popular in the U.S. during WWI.








The bonus of these tangrams is that once you solve the puzzle, you can eat the fruit leather as a reward! I must admit, I had a lot of fun putting these animals together. :)