Banana Tree

Adapted from Snacktivities! by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter

Leaf lettuce
Pineapple ring
Sliced fruits, such as pears and peaches
Apple slices or chunks
Whole berries, such as strawberries or grapes

Place a lettuce leaf on the salad plate. Place a pineapple ring on the lettuce leaf. Peel a banana and cut it in half. Stand the cut end of the banana half in the center of the pineapple to resemble a tree trunk. Place a toothpick through a selected piece of fruit. Stick the other end of the toothpick into the top area of the banana. Each toothpick with a piece of fruit will represent a branch on the banana tree.

Fill the tree with as many fruit branches as desired. It may be necessary to hold the banana with one hand so it does not tip over when first beginning the work. The banana trees can be served as fruit salad to be eaten with the fingers.