Cucumber Ships


Inspire children to put healthy ingredients together in a creative way by making their own little sailboat.

These boats are not only well accepted by kids but also meet Canada’s Food Guide recommendations to include protein foods (fish), whole grain foods (bread), and vegetables (cucumber and other veggies).

8 child-size portions
Preparation Time
20 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
wheat, fish, egg, and soy (when using mayonnaise), milk (when using yogurt)
Equipment List
Cutting board
Platter or tray
Small spoons
1 can
salmon or tuna, drained (~2/3 cup)
½ cup
veggies (e.g., cooked peas, grated carrot, or diced peppers)
2 Tbsp
mayonnaise or plain yogurt
Salt and pepper
cucumber (12 inches long)
2 slices
whole wheat bread
toothpicks (non-sharp end)

1.     Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 4 equal parts (rectangles). Place them on a tray.

2.     Mix mayonnaise with canned fish and veggies in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3.     Let kids help you by:

a.     Removing seeds from cucumber pieces with a spoon

b.     Filling the seed space with the tuna mixture using a spoon

4.     Cut each slice of bread into 4 equal triangles. Place a toothpick in the long side of each bread triangle. Insert the other end of the toothpick into each piece of cucumber to create a sail for the cucumber ship.

Bread slice

Be sure to take the toothpick out of the cucumber before the first bite.

Cucumber ship
Cucumber Ships