April 7, 2010

Edible Insects

We're experiencing a freak warm front this week, which has caused every type of insect and arachnid to burst forth from the ground, sky, and water. To "celebrate" the multitude of bugs, I bought some potent bug spray, picked up a bunch of bug-themed books from the library, and made this special lunch for the girls.

E's plate contained a PB & honey spider sandwich, a banana caterpillar, and a blackberry beetle pot of dirt. E was excited about all of them until she saw a real insect (some sort of nearly-microscopic larvae) on the blackberry and decided to pass on dessert. Isn't the caterpillar cute? I got the idea via Teach Preschool from Family Corner.

A received a PB & honey ladybug, ants on a log, and a caterpillar on a graham cracker leaf. I think the ladybug is my favorite.

After the real insects were removed, the girls were happy to dig into the pretend ones. E announced with surprise: "Pretzels in peanut butter taste gooder than apples in peanut butter!"

A doesn't speak much yet, but this smile said it all! In fact, she was so delighted with her lunch she felt compelled to share half of it with the dog.

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs! by Megan Mcdonald

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs!I love books with strong female characters, and Beetle McGrady is one such protagonist. She longs to be a courageous explorer and brags that she'd even eat an ant. Her friends jump on that boast and dare her to do so in the playground. When Beetle chickens out she feels like a failure. A chance for redemption arrives when a chef brings into their classroom meals containing real insects as part of a unit on different cuisines.

E's favorite part was "when she had an ant on her tongue! That's the silliest part." The illustrations are fun and colorful watercolors, and the story is sure to please your preschooler or kindergartener. The back of the book contains Beetle's tips for eating bugs: "#5 Feeling tired? Forget to take your vitamins? Termites are full of iron." I'm not sure about termites, but I did once eat a fried grasshopper. E doesn't believe me.

I'm linking up with:
- Just a Girl's Show & Share Day
- Fireflies & Jellybean's SOYS


  1. Adorable! Both the lunch and the girls :). Love the ladybug PB & H.

  2. Love the book, love the lunch (blackberry beetle pot!?! - wonderful) - love, love, love the grin!

  3. You most be one of the funnest moms ever! I will have to do this sometime this summer!

    Your girls are adorbale! : )

  4. Great post!!!! I love the looks on your Munchkins faces. Nice pictures as well. How creative!!

  5. Now following you!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  6. That is sooo cute! I have a couple pre-school boys that will love this.
    Thanks for sharing!

    (Going to follow too. :)

  7. After a pretty stressful day these creatures have brought a much need smile to my face - thank you for that! I was born in Zambia and ate deep fried caterpillers there - apparently a good source of protein!

  8. This is GREAT! I am going to make this for my kids this week. Thanks for sharing!

  9. That is so fun! I love the banana caterpillar!

  10. Great ideas,i love it, thanks for sharing

  11. Awesome ideas - we just posted a pic of the caterpillar & link in our recent Silly Snacks post.Found you on pinterest - keep up the incredible inspiration!

  12. LOVE this and not TOO much time involved! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Love this! I just made these this week with my niece and blogged about it! Thanks! http://mrskstreasurehunt.blogspot.com/2012/11/fruit-projects.html

  14. great ideas I can't wait to do them with my grandchildren, I taught school for 40 years and wish I had access to this program them. I became a first time Gramma at 66 so am enjoying my little ones. Thanks for your creative ideas.


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