eating bugs in the library

I recently lead a Kids Cooking program for 24 Kindergarten-2nd graders. I say 24 kids, but what wound up happening was a lot of the grown-ups stayed too so we had 37 people at my program--which was great...but chaotic! It was a little stressful, but a lot of fun. I had a couple parents tell me they had as much fun as their kids. I got many thank yous at the end, and even one hug. All in all, it was a success. The kids made bugs out of healthy snacks, borrowing and slightly modifying ideas from Disney's Family Fun website. (I put my slightly modified recipes below!)

After we were all finished making our bug snacks I read two stories: The Wolf's Chicken Stew, Keiko Kasza and Whopper Cake, Karma Wilson--the kids LOVED the stories (and made me laugh when some of them thought Whopper Cake was about a cake made out of Burger King Whoppers. :)

PEANUT BUTTER FLY:
Ingredients:
Peanut butter
Apple
Carrot
Instructions:
Simply make a nut-butter sandwich using apple slices, cut it into quarters, arrange the pieces as shown, and add a trimmed carrot stick.
Decorate wings with a dot of peanut butter and raisins, chocolate chips etc., if you so desire

RED DELICIOUS LADY BUG:
Ingredients:
Red apples
Peanut butter
Raisins (or chocolate chips)
Pretzel sticks
Grapes –you will also need toothpicks to secure grapes
Instructions:
Slice apples in half, making sure to remove core and seeds. After laying 1 half flat, cut almost all the way through, leaving an attached section near one end.
Dot peanut butter along the apple skin, putting a raisin on top for lady bug’s spots.
Skewer a grape on, using a toothpick, for the lady bug’s head.  
Lay pretzels under the apple for legs.

BERRY DELICIOUS CATERPILLAR:Ingredients:
Blueberries
Strawberries
Raspberries
Cream cheese
Instructions:
Use dabs of cream cheese to attach chunks of fruit together (you can also skewer them on tooth picks—the effect is less curvy however)
Sandwich two pieces of paper “antennae” between the front two pieces of fruit.
For eyes, roll two small balls of cream cheese, press them flat onto the head, dot the cream cheese w/ decorators' gel.

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