Cooking with Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit and cheese snack project

This project is easy to make, fun and worthy of a photo. And it is sure to please both you and the kids. The end result is a healthy and very tasty snack! What more could you ask for?


The basis of the Very Hungry Caterpillar snack is a green Granny Smith apple. It needs to be green, unless you think the caterpillar could be red...let your imagination take over. There's no rules here.

The other ingredients are just a Babybel cheese and fruit jellies (or leather).

First, cut the apple into slices. I used food scissors to cut out green eyes out of the apple peel. Also cut out the little feet and tentacles.

Don't spoil the fun and do all the arrangement yourself. I showed my daughter the Eric Carle illustration and asked her to create it herself using the prepared ingredients. At first she found it a bit overwhelming - her first time making food art. But then she quickly got into it. I think she did a terrific job. Although some pieces went "missing" in the process.

Here are some other links to blogs that made The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit snack using other ingredients. Which one is your favorite?

Fried Dandelions made it out of kiwi, red apple, dried mango, fruit leather, sesame sticks and raisins.


Meet the Dubiens took a slightly different fruit approach - using grapes, strawberry and orange.


Feeding the Littles took the savory approach with avocado, toast and red pepper. This could obviously work with cucumbers as well. Forget about the fruit snack, this could become the centerpiece of a family dinner.


And if your finding all of this inspirational, hop over to The Pod and the pea for the complete DIY The Very Hungry Caterpillarâ„¢ Party Menu Ideas & Food Cards. If you have a birthday party coming up for your little one, I think this one is worth replicating.

One Response to Cooking with Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit and cheese snack project

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    Allison January 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    How adorable! I’m a speech therapist and my preschool students did a unit on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” last spring. I wish I had thought of this!

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