Happy as a Pig in Watermelon

During the week my littlest Gold Dust Daughter finished kindergarten! Wow! This is some sort of miracle, because I'm pretty sure she's actually still a newborn?? (she's five... but y'know, being the baby and all...)

Kinder finished with a party - Yay!! how much do I love a kids' party?! I was assigned the fruit platter, so of course I rolled out an old fave... The Watermelon Pig.

Being Summer, it's the height of watermelon season, which means you can pick up a watermelon for under a dollar a kilo... which is lucky because this baby was TEN KILOS!

The giant watermelon with a life-sized golden retriever pup for accurate size comparison.

The giant watermelon with a life-sized golden retriever pup for accurate size comparison.

Firstly, chop a thin slice (just through the green bit) off the base, to stop it from rolling off your bench. Then cut a large roundish bit off the top, (save it, don't feed it to the guinea pigs just yet...) and start balling!!

My mission is usually to ball as much of the melon as I can. Sometimes it gets a bit tricky, it ALWAYS gets juicy and usually by the end I'm wearing an ocean of melon juice and smelling like Strawberry Shortcake's estranged friend Melon-y.

That bright yellow melon baller is totally an heirloom handed down to me from my grandmother. I LOVE it.

That bright yellow melon baller is totally an heirloom handed down to me from my grandmother. I LOVE it.

Next, fashion two piggy ears, and a nice round piggy nose with the left over watermelon top. Grab a couple of grapes or blueberries for eyes, and something for nostrils... I've used raisins today - blueberries look just as good. Stick it all together with toothpicks.

Piggy ears!

Piggy ears!

Then fill your piggy with the melon balls and any other fave fruit pieces. I usually use grapes, strawberries, blueberries, rockmelon, honey dew, cherries... whatever you (and the kids) like!

Finally, piggy needs a tail! I curled up a pipe-cleaner here!

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And vΓ³ila! Watermelon Pig is ready to be demolished by 20 hungry five year olds! (It is always such a winner!!)
Do you have any creative and fun ways to serve healthy stuff to kids? Feel free to share them and we'll give it a go here in the GDD kitchens!

Hope you're surviving the Christmas party season lovelies!

x x - Kathy.

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