How to Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks

Do you have a hard time getting kids to eat their vegetables? Here is a great way to encourage them to enjoy doing what is good for them: transform their vegetables into neat little LEGO bricks!

Steps

  1. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 1
    1
    Pick the right vegetables. Many vegetables are suitable, including carrots, potatoes, squash, and rutabagas. You could also use firm tofu and add a food color to the water, which the tofu will soak up. You can do this with the vegetables, too. Be bold!
  2. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 2
    2
    Prepare your vegetables. Boil or steam the vegetables so they are soft but not mushy. Soak them for a couple minutes in salt water. This will make them a little firmer by drawing out some of the moisture.
  3. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 3
    3
    Cut the vegetables into cube shapes. As with real LEGO pieces, you will need to decide what bricks you would like to make: a single stud square brick, the four stud square, or the six stud rectangle. ("Stud" refers to the little bumps on top of real LEGO bricks).
  4. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 4
    4
    Poke a straw all the way through the vegetable. This will create a round hole and will push out the inside the vegetable brick. Be sure to match holes with the LEGO stud arrangement you're creating.
  5. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 5
    5
    Using a toothpick, push the stud from the bottom of the vegetable brick until it sticks out of the top. This ensures that it looks like a LEGO brick, complete with studs!
  6. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 6
    6
    Check the studs are evenly positioned across the top by looking at the brick sideways. If it's not, carefully press a stud back in, or poke one farther out.
  7. Image titled Make Vegetable LEGO Bricks Step 7
    7
    Serve with a smile on a colorful plate. Your kids will be delighted!

Tips

  • The time required for boiling vegetables is different for each type––use your own cooking knowledge to judge, or check in a vegetable cookbook.
  • You can also use other foods such as broccoli, sausage and cheese, Japanese omelets, fruits, and firm jellies or Jell-O.
  • If the straw is stuck when you insert it in the vegetable cube, cut off a small slit as shown in the photo and this should correct the problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetables you'd like your kids to eat and that can be cut into cubes or rectangles (carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, squash, turnips, rutabagas, beets, pumpkin, etc.
  • Plastic straw
  • Pot, or microwave with bowl (heat resistant) for boiling
  • Salt
  • Toothpick, bamboo skewer, or chopstick for poking studs
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Food coloring

Article Info

Featured Article

Categories: Featured Articles | Food Crafts | Fruits and Vegetables