Reading books with my boys is such a special time. Like many of you, there are a few books that we’ve read together so many times I can recite them from memory. Several of the Eric Carle books fall into that category including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. My youngest loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar so much that we themed his first birthday party around the book!
Usually, we read together before bed and everyone is finally calmed down for the day. However, I love those rare, lazy afternoons where we are sitting around the living room quietly lost in our books. Of course, when that happens I guarantee that someone will say, “Mom, I’m hungry!”
That’s why I love this collection of recipes we created inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends. Each recipe is healthy, fun, and easy enough to make that the boys can create them by themselves.
I hope you enjoy these recipes (and books) as much as we do!
- The Very Healthy Caterpillar – What kid doesn’t like to play with their food? This recipe gives us the perfect excuse to let them do so as they build their own Very Healthy Caterpillars! Great for an after school snack or a fun lunchbox idea.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear Bento Box – When my boys started to learn their colors, this was always the first book we reached for. In this recipe, not only are the bears adorable but the rainbow of fruits and veggies are a big hit! Encourage your little one to eat a fruit or vegetable that matches the colors of each animal and find out which one is their favorite.
- The Grouchy Ladybug Snack – I love how easy this snack is to put together and it is a great way for toddlers to practice fine-motor skills. The chocolate chips make you feel like you are eating a chocolate covered strawberry, just a little less messy!
- The Very Busy Spider Snack – I cannot wait to pull this idea out around Halloween! Inspired by the adventures of our favorite little arachnid, this adorable snack is a great way to recharge after school. Plus, assembly encourages little ones to practice counting as they make sure each spider has 8 legs!
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon Trail Mix – This trail mix is a great after-school snack to curb hungry appetites until dinner. As you mix-up the ingredients, see if you can follow the chameleon along his zoo adventure as he imagines himself as all of the different animals.
- Panda Bear Rice & Beans – Rice & beans is a common kid staple and this Panda Bear version is a great way to create a cute and quick lunch while you’re reading one of our favorite Eric Carle books, Panda Bear, Panda Bear. The beans are a great source of protein and fiber and will help to power your little one through their busy afternoon.