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Nature Creatures

 

Today's Snack: Build an edible caterpillar! With an adult's help, thread a whole strawberry, a big grape, and a marshmallow on a wooden skewer, then repeat that pattern 'til the skewer is full.

You can use other kinds of fruit as slices, or chunks of angel-food cake or shortcake, too.

Dip a few mini chocolate chips or candy sprinkles in a little corn syrup and stick on the first piece in your "caterpillar" for eyes, a nose and a smile.

You can break a toothpick in two and stick the two ends in as "antennae."

Best of all, with the adult's help, after you've admired your caterpillar, you can slide all its parts off the skewer . . . and eat it!

 

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Supplies:

 

Leaves

Twigs

Pine cones, all shapes

Walnut shells

Seed pods

Short pine-needle twigs

Bark

Rocks or pebbles

Flower seedheads

Hot-glue gun or tacky glue

Tweezers

Scissors

Tiny googly eyes

Sharp-pointed marker

 

 

Let's use our imaginations and make creatures out of things we find out in nature. Assemble them into the body parts of whatever creatures strike your fancy:

 

Butterfly

 

Fairy

 

Elf

 

Bear

 

Raccoon

 

You can use the tweezers, scissors and glue to get the body parts assembled just right. Add googly eyes and other facial or body features with the marker pen.

 

You can use one or more Nature Creatures to write stories about life in the woods or whatever strikes your fancy.

 

Keep your Nature Creature on your desk or on the kitchen counter or windowsill to remind you how much you love the out-of-doors and everyone and everything in it!

 

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Environment 06 2008

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