Finger Food Fridays – Caterpillars

Are you ready for the weekend!  I know Mongo is!  Kids love it when you read to them.  Mongo reccommends one of his favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.  Just like Mongo, the very hungry caterpillar is always hungry.  He loves eating FRUITS and when the caterpillar eats sweets, he gets sick, just like Mongo!  Finally, the little caterpillar eats leaves (VEGETABLES for insects), he feels better again.  What are you waiting for?  Round up the kids, read them the story and let’s do a fun activity together!

Making caterpillars with your food is the easiest thing.  You can make them with fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese, or even pancakes!  You can use anything you already have in your kitchen.  This activity will teach your child about different shapes, colors, and how to arrange their food into a pattern.  Hep your child identify the foods and how it could help them grow into big and strong butterflies!  Who said you shouldn’t play with your food?  We’re all about making food fun.  So get ready, here’s a list of things you will need:

  • cut up fruits or vegetables
  • raisens, blueberries, cranberries, etc. for eyes
  • bread, slices of cheese and lunch meat
  • toothpicks, or wooden skwers

Get creative! This caterpillar is made out of bananas, apples, and raisins, but you can also use grapes, strawberries, even cantaloupe! Don’t be shy, explore different shapes and colors to make this more fun!

Think “Caterpillar Sandwich”! You can use whole wheat bread, turkey meat, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers to make this sandwich.

Have fun Saturday morning making these cute pancakes. Add some color by adding some cut up fruit.

The possibilities are endless.  Share your caterpillar creations and Mongo will see which one is his favorite.

If you don’t have The Very Hungry Caterpillar, here’s a link to order yours today, or you can always go to your local friendly public library.  You can also watch this video here  🙂

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle on YouTube