"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle is likely not a new discovery for most of my audience. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Favorite Words" might be. Mikey and I discovered "The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Favorite Words" when we stopped at Barnes and Noble in Grand Junction, CO. We were in the middle of a road trip and needed to stretch our legs in a familiar place. As book junkies, a book store was a perfect place for us.
Mikey chose "The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Favorite Words" because it is a funny shape. A small 2"x2"x2" cube, this is the first book of its kind on our shelf. Each page spread has a single word and single picture. Mikey and his one year old sister are too young to do "real" reading but this is a wonderful little book to learn about symbols. They take turns flipping the pages and reading, "strawberry," "apple," and so on all the way to "butterfly."
This is a silly little compliment to the world of caterpillars for preschool engineers. I found the picture of grape caterpillars on Pinterest and made them for a playdate. They were a huge success! The children gobbled them down. Depending on the age of your child and their eating skills you may have to do some cutting. I cut each grape in half, then skewered them onto six-inch sticks. The eyes are miniature chocolate chips held in place by frosting. Instead of buying a giant container of yucky frosting at the grocery store, I just mixed powered sugar into plain yogurt until it had a nice thick consistency. Then I dipped the chocolate chips into the frosting and smooshed them onto the end grape of each skewer. Admittedly, glueing the eyes on was the hardest part...there was a lot of frosting all over my fingers at the end. Mm mm good.