After reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar I split my Pre-K classroom into two groups. The first group made a caterpillar cake and the other group made a butterfly cake. To make the caterpillar cake, I pre-baked a yellow cake in a bundt pan. When it had cooled I cut it in half and put the 2 ends together to make a caterpillar. The children used green icing and a variety of candies (m&m’s etc.) to decorate the caterpillar. We used licorice as antenna and gum drops for “feet”. The butterfly cake…I pre-baked a yellow cake in an 8X8 pan. I cut it diagonally and put the point of the triangles together with a Twinkie in the middle as the body. The children used orange icing to decorate with a variety of candy. Both groups shared a piece of cake with each other and others throughout the school. It was a huge success!
Mix some food coloring and water together, slice an apple really thin and use new paint brushes to color your butterfly wings (apple slices) You can use celery or pretzel sticks for the body.
Have children spread peanut butter on 2 triangle pieces of toast-place slices to resemble butterfly shape. Sprinkle M&Ms on top. For butterfly head use a coin shaped banana slice. Use pretzel sticks for antenna. Enjoy!
Apple Butterflies~ Materials: One apple (sliced); Baby carrots; Peanut butter; Thin sliced celery sticks; Red sprinkles; Cinnamon
Have the students spread a clump of peanut butter in the middle of a paper plate. Make sure they use a plastic knife. Then have them place three apple slices on each side of the carrot. Add two celery sticks for the antennas, and sprinkle with sprinkles. You can also add the cinnamon to the peanut butter for more flavor or decorations. After the students make their apple butterflies, you can ask what food groups the materials are in. This activity is also good for discussing the Metamorphosis process.
Butterfly sandwich Cut slice of bread in half diagonally. Place a baby carrot in the center of your plate and arrange the two pieces of bread so that the points touch the middle of the carrot. Spread the bread with colored cream cheese (like strawberry) or yellow margarine. For wing patterns, arrange colored fruit-o’s, cheerios, and nuts on the cream cheese. For antenna, use 2 thin licorice candies.
Butterfly Sandwiches: 2 slices bread per child, 16 ounces tuna, 2 tablespoons miracle whip, lettuce, 1 tomato. Make a sandwich, then cut it in two triangles. Put two of the triangle points together to form a butterfly. You can also paint the bread with milk and food coloring, just make sure your students paint lightly to insure it’s not to soggy. Toast the bread lightly in the toaster. These make colorful and tasty butterfly! 🙂
Reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great way to teach children about eating healthy. After reading about all the food he ate, put the fruit that he ate out for students to try. (Plums, Strawberries, Apples, Pears, Oranges). Discuss with them that when the caterpillar ate junk food he got a stomach ache.
This is a lunch butterfly: you take 3 bowls of melted butter and add food dye, a different color in each. With a paint brush have the children decorate one side of two pieces of white bread like butterfly wings. Make toasted cheese sandwiches (decorated side out) cut in half diagonally (these are the wings) use a baby carrot as the body and cherry tomato as the head. Eat lunch and enjoy!
Edible Butterflies. Peel the skin off of some oranges. Separate the sections so that you have smaller ones with two pieces of orange. Pull this section a part, but leave it connected in the middle. Then cut some small pieces of pull a part licorice. Let the children put the licorice on the top to use for antennas. Enjoy your butterflies.
Celery and Pretzel Butterflies
Cut a small piece of celery for the body of the butterfly. Spread some cream cheese or peanut butter inside of the stalk of celery. Add 4 small folded pretzels for the butterfly wings. Add 2 strings of black licorice for the antennas.
I read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to my class and then I had them make their own healthy snack. We made caterpillars that we could eat.
Recipe: Shred 1 leaf of lettuce, spread cream cheese on 4 Ritz crackers. Layer the crackers slightly on top of each other to form the body of the caterpillar, the crackers were placed on top of the lettuce. We then took 2 raisins for eyes and 6-8 chow mien noodles for legs.
The children loved eating their caterpillars as much as they loved making them.
You can make a butterfly by using a celery stick as the body. Cut a pineapple ring in half and place one half on each side of the celery stalk. Fill in the hole in the ring with either cream cheese or cottage cheese. You can use raisins for polka dots and eyes (use a bit of the cheese to make them stick to the celery.)