Cute Snack Idea: The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Photography by Jill Dubien

I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t love Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My kids just love it, and it has probably been read about a million times in my house. With just a handful of fruits and veggies, you can make this adorable hungry caterpillar snack. What do I do with the leftover fruit from making this snack, you ask? Well I eat it, of course! Leftover fruits and veggies make a perfect healthy snack for grown-ups. Or you could chop it all up and make a fruit salad to save for later. I really try to never waste any food—we always find a way to eat up the scraps! Here is how I made this snack:

What you’ll need:
• A handful of green grapes
• 1 red grape
• 1 strawberry
• 1 pear
• 1 orange
• 1 baby carrot
• A few lettuce or baby spinach leaves
• A kitchen knife


1. Slice your green grapes in half and assemble on your plate in a caterpillar shape.

2. Slice one piece off your strawberry and place on your plate for the caterpillar’s head.

3. Slice one piece off your pear and use it and your knife to cut out six legs, two eye whites (from the inside of the pear) and two eyeballs from the skin side. Place these pieces on your caterpillar.

4. Take one red grape and slice two antennae from it. Place on your caterpillar.

5. Take one green grape and cut a little nose out of it. Place on your caterpillar.

6. Slice your orange and put at the top of the plate for the sun.

7. Slice some thin slices from your baby carrot and arrange around the sun on the plate.

8. Place some lettuce leaves or baby spinach at the bottom of the plate.

Enjoy this adorable little snack! I can guarantee your kids will love it.

Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and 2 wonderful kids—a daughter who is 4 and a son who is 3. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. People who know her personally find it extremely humorous that she is now the self-proclaimed “Queen of fun food.” Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids.

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