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We like this book.

In case you don’t have it memorized like I do, let me summarize: There is an egg on a leaf…*pop* now it is a very hungry caterpillar…he eats 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, and 5 oranges on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…he has a major treat feast on Saturday…then cures the subsequent tummyache with a leaf on Sunday. Now he isn’t little and hungry anymore…he is a big fat caterpillar…so he wraps himself into a cocoon (which would more accurately be called a chrysalis)…and then he is a beautiful butterfly.

You can try to find a moral if you want…but I don’t think there is one. But there ARE lots of good pictures, toddler vocabulary words, and lessons in counting, days of the week, and metamorphosis.

Josiah likes Saturday the best. He likes to pretend to pull the food off the pages and feed them to me, to Selah, to daddy…anyone who will chomp off a bite and say “mmmm, it’s good!” while their mouth is full of imaginary goodness.

So for my little man’s birthday, we had a caterpillar feast fit for a 3-year-old!And my very hungry 3-year-old had one piece of chocolate cake……one ice cream cone……one pickle……one slice of swiss cheese…one slice of salami (or, as Josiah would put it, “sa-mommy”) ……one lollipop……one piece of cherry pie……one sausage……one cupcake……and one slice of watermelon.And, as far as I could tell, he did NOT have a tummyache…but we DID have nice green leaves for supper.We made plenty to share.The ice cream cones were the biggest hit and I am thinking they may be a stand-alone request for future birthday parties.

To wash it all down, we had caterpillar punch:

And to burn it all off, the kids played together on Josiah’s new Brio table,

and then moved their energy and several balloons into the backyard.

Josiah’s favorite part was blowing out the candles (we did this several times).Β Josiah’s least favorite part was everyone looking at him while singing “happy birthday.”

The party favors were make-and-take caterpillars:

Want to throw your own “Very Hungry Caterpillar” Birthday Party?

I’ll tell you a bit about what we did tomorrow.

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  1. MOM says:

    I am proud to be your mom, Alisha! To say you got your creative genes from me – would be dishonest, but let people think what they want! What a great party!!

  2. Maria D. says:

    That is so very creative! I may just have to use some of these ideas for my own little caterpillar fan. πŸ™‚ Are the ice cream cones really ice cream, or is that frosting on top of the cones?

  3. Brittany says:

    I wish my kiddos were still little so I could throw a party like this one! Also, your “ice cream holder” is brilliant! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  4. Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker says:

    What a great idea – this was one of my kids’ favorite books when they were little. They loved it so much, we had the book in English and Spanish! It’s something else to hear a three-yr-old say “muy hambrienta” (which means very hungry). I love that all of your edible delights were done in the same bright wonderful colors as the book. Great Job!

  5. MiaB says:

    I absolutely love this…This is one of our favorite books πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. Hope to see you again this week.

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