f is for food

we had some caterpillars around the classroom who were very hungry.

food for the very hungry caterpillar

good thing there were also paper plates and crayons so we could draw them some food!

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

not pictured here is these thrifted fake fur caterpillars stuffed in sections of thrifted (but new) pantyhose cocoons. : )

b is for (a very) beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly

with more learning from the very hungry caterpillar we made butterflies.

the very beautiful butterflythe very beautiful butterfly

the paper used represented all the foods eaten in the book (the yellow for swiss cheese even had holes in it).

the very beautiful butterfly

the children used precut butterfly papers and glued the food papers on, trimming as they liked.

the very beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly

at the end we layered circles like the face/eyes of the caterpillar and added those.

the very beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly


i can’t think of this story without hearing a group of children saying, “…a boooooooooooootiful butterfly.”

the very beautiful butterfly

v is for very favorite food

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as part of our learning from the very hungry caterpillar, children were invited to bring their favorite foods for us to taste at snack time.

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our snack routine is the same every day.  we find out who brought the snack (a fruit or vegetable…sometimes they bring more than that, otherwise we have crackers/pretzes/animal crackers at school), we sing thank you to them, we sing our thank you song, then we find preschoolers to lead us to the 2 sinks.  after washing hands the preschoolers walk across the room to the teacher kitchen to pick up their tray (which holds their cup of water and snack).  then they get the practice of walking back to a snack table.  i love watching the independence bloom!

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but this week after hand washing they got to sit right down and we served snack “like a restaurant.”  our rules are very clear that you don’t have to finish everything and there is always more of something!  we also explain that their brains will grow and change and someday they might like a food they used to not!  we encourage licking a new food, smelling it, feeling it, etc.

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i never thought i would eat chives and a cupcake in the same meal.