Bug Snacks

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.

Lo-mien Noodle Spiders.
Ingredients needed: 1 package of chocolate chips and a 12 oz. can of Chinese noodles.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and stir the noodles in.  Then have the children drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper.  Let them chill, then eat.  Looks like little spiders!

Jell-O Ladybugs.

You will need a muffin pan that will make enough lady bugs for your class.  Have the children line the bottom of the tin with raisins.  Then, prepare Jell-O according to the instructions.  Pour some into each section and chill until firm, then pop out and enjoy! ( it is easier to get the Jell-O out if you soak the pan in warm water before trying to get Jell-O out)

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 then 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.