Monday, July 16, 2012

Exploring new foods with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Who doesn't love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Not only is this a fun children's book with wonderful illustrations, but it is also a great way to introduce new foods (especially fruits) to kids.

Remember this part, when the caterpillar eats through all of those fruits?

Why not put all of those fruits out on a plate or tray for some food exploration? You can work on counting, talk about colors, smell and feel each fruit, and if up to it, you can even taste each fruit!

If you'd like, use a straw to poke a hole in slices of fruit, to make it look like the caterpillar ate through the fruit.

Of course, don't forget about this page,
...which gives you a number of other foods, albeit most are less healthy, to explore!

For more Hungry Caterpillar food ideas:
22 The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired food creations


  1. I like using this book for therapy, but definitely get stuck on that unhealthy food page! I like your idea to use the straw to make it look like the caterpillar has eaten through the fruit :)

    1. That unhealthy page can be tricky! Sometimes I'll have the child do a craft or coloring page involving some of the foods on the junk food page.

  2. I think it's time to dig this book back out =)


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