If you're looking for something to keep your kids busy and away from the TV, why not try making some fluffy sheep as an ideal solution to an afternoon in the house with the kids? Even sports stars can be encouraged to get stuck in to food art with a little friendly competition. Using simple techniques, Matt Dawson, former England rugby player, and Greg Searle, Olympic gold medallist rower, show how to make fluffy sheep made from a Cheerios and marshmallow mixture, with black grape heads and raisin legs. The kids won't need much persuading to get their little fingers into this gooey mixture. Just like Greg and Matt, they'll love to compete with each other to make the best sheep. If your little ones want to have some fun, food art is a great way to learn about the food they eat. This easy-to-follow recipe uses Cheerios which contain whole grain, an important part of a healthy diet. Watch this video where Matt and Greg show you step by step how to create these tasty fluffy summer sheep. For more information visit www.wholegrain.co.uk Recipe: Ingredients: 40g Butter 20 Large Marshmallows 160g Cheerios 40g Desiccated coconut 6 Black grapes 50g Raisins 24 Currants 50g White chocolate Makes 6 Method: 1. Place the butter and the marshmallows in a microwavable bowl, and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. 2. Stir in the Cheerios until fully coated. 3. Using the tablespoons tightly form mounds of the mixture to make the bodies of the sheep. Slide onto prepared sheet or board. Sprinkle with coconut. Leave until firm. 4. To make the legs take half a cocktail stick and thread on raisins, repeat to make 24. 5. To assemble, push 4 legs into each body shape, stand upright, push in a half cocktail stick for the head and attach a grape to make the head. 6. Break the white chocolate into small pieces, and microwave on medium in 20 seconds blasts, stirring every time, until melted but not hot. 7. Use the melted chocolate to make 2 dots on each head to make the eyes and push in a currant to form the pupils. Use a little melted chocolate to attach 2 currants to make the ears.
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There's nothing like the long lazy days of summer but entertaining your little busy bees can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. In the following video, food artist Prudence Staite shows how to make food fun and educational with this superb summer cereal beehive. Using whole grain favourite, Fruitful Shredded Wheat, Prudence creates a stunning golden dome to be topped off with your very own Shreddies buzzy bees. A great way to spend a summer afternoon, this tasty golden masterpiece with have the kids buzzing with excitement! For more information visit http://www.wholegrain.co.uk Recipe Ingredients: 500g box of Fruitful Shredded Wheat 3 x 300g Cream Cheese 2 Standard Sliced Loaves Bread (Can be 2 wholemeal or 2 white, or 1 of each for a chessboard effect) Sandwich Fillings (You can use one or a selection. Fillings such Cheese Spread, Peanut Butter, Marmite, Chocolate Spread...) Raisins from the Fruitful Shredded Wheat For Each Cereal Bee: 1 Nesquik 2 Golden Nuggets 2 Shreddies 1 Cocktail Stick A little Cream Cheese Method: 1. Make sandwiches from the 2 loaves with the fillings of your choice. 2. Build a stack of sandwiches using 1 and a half loaves on a plate or board or cake stand. 3. Carve the stack of sandwiches to form a rough beehive shape; using the additional half loaf of sandwiches to pack around it to form a good shape, cutting these sandwiches as required to fit the gaps. Use a little of the cream cheese as a glue to attach these pieces to the sides of the sandwich stack. 4. Put the remaining cream cheese into a bowl and mix until really smooth. Cover the beehive shape completely with cream cheese. 5. Press the Shredded Wheat into the cream cheese to cover the beehive starting at the base and working upwards in neat rows, to create the traditional beehive effect. Leave a gap for the door and press in raisins to add details. 6. Chill to set firmly. 7. Meanwhile make the bees using Nesquik and Golden Nuggets threaded on cocktail sticks, with 2 Shreddies as wings attached with a little cream cheese. Push your bees into the beehive to decorate.
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