To make a healthy caterpillar snack, get the children to put different cut up fruit and veggies onto a wooden skewer (be careful with the points), the older children can sequence the fruit and veggies. When the skewer is full it looks like a long caterpillar.
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!
A great snack idea to do with children of all ages. Buy refrigerator biscuits and have the children open them. They love the pop. (Be sure to warn them.) Take two biscuits and roll them together to make a circle. The children can then shake them in a bag with sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, grated cheese or anything else you think would be great tasting. With assistance from an adult, the children then assemble the biscuits to look like a caterpillar. Bake according to the package and then let cool. To finish the project just add raisins for eyes and string twizzlers for he antennae and legs. The children love this snack. Have fun.
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.