X Is for X-citing X-ray Skeleton

Snacks that start with X - X-citing X-ray Skeleton

It’s not easy to find a snack for the letter X!

But we found one that is so cute and so much fun.

Like most of my ABC Snacks, my X-citing X-ray Veggie Skeleton recipe pairs healthy eating with a hands-on activity that even preschoolers can help create.

But this snack is so much more than just a letter-of-the-alphabet snack!

You can teach all sorts of lessons to your preschoolers while you assemble the skeleton in this recipe.

In addition to teaching the letter X, you can also teach your child about different kinds of vegetables, you can talk about colors, and you can even teach your little one about all the different bones in his body!

Child creating snack

X-citing X-ray Veggie Skeleton

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Here’s what you’ll need to make one veggie skeleton:

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • 4 small celery sticks
  • 2-4 small mushrooms, sliced into thin pieces
  • 8-10 baby carrots
  • 2 small grape tomatoes
  • 4 small broccoli or cauliflower florets
  • 2 black olive slices
  • 1 dark green lettuce leaf
  • ¼ cup ranch veggie dip


  1. Position small bowl of vegetable dip at the top of a cookie sheet or other rectangular pan to form the skeleton’s head.
  2. Tear lettuce leaf into small pieces and position around the top of the dip bowl to form hair.
  3. Create the spine by arranging 10-12 cucumber slices in a line below the head.
  4. Create shoulders with two celery sticks.
  5. Create arms with four baby carrots.
  6. Create hands with one broccoli or cauliflower floret placed at the end of each arm.
  7. Create ribs by arranging six bell pepper slices on each side of the cucumber spine.
  8. Create the pelvis with 14-16 mushroom slices.
  9. Create thigh bones with celery sticks.
  10. Create knee caps with broccoli or cauliflower florets.
  11. Create lower legs with two small baby carrots.
  12. Create feet with small grape tomatoes or with broccoli or cauliflower florets.


  • Substitute your preferred veggies for those listed in the recipe.
  • Substitute any white salad dressing or vegetable dip for the ranch dip.
Child adding veggies to snack Happy children enjoying veggies and dip

Teaching Tips

  • As you and your child arrange your skeleton, practice saying /ks/–/ks/–like the sound in fox and box.
  • Make the letter X with veggies as you work on your skeleton.
  • While you assemble your skeleton, read about Jessica and her broken arm and see some real X-rays in Jessica’s X-Ray.
  • Download ABC Snacks: Tips for Working on Pre-Reading Skills for more teaching tips.

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Shelley Rimmer


Love all these ideas!



Brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try this snack with my lil girl.



This is my favorite ABC snack of the entire set! I have a houseful of eight sweet children and six of those are boys. While the cute snacks appeal to my girls this skeleton got the following response from all 6 sons: “That is so cool mom! Can we make it for lunch?” Love it!

Marie Rippel

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I can just imagine it! Have fun with the snack! :)

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