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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • 5 Personal or Mini Watermelons
  • 1 Honeydew
  • Green dry erase marker
  • Melon Baller
  • Large Bowl
  • Large Kitchen Knife & Paring Knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Caterpillar Cookie Cutter-optional
  • Decorative Props
  1. Wash the watermelons using cool running water and pat dry. Using the large kitchen knife, cut 1/2 inch slice the bottom of the watermelon to create a study base. Peel the watermelon completely so it forms a nice oval to round circle of red watermelon flesh, this will be the caterpillar’s face.
  2. Use the paring knife to shape the rind you cut away from the watermelon into 2 eyes, a nose and 2 antennas.
  3. Using the large kitchen knife cut one of the watermelons in half from the stem end lengthwise, half will be the tail of the caterpillar and from the other half cut a wedge for the caterpillar to be eating from, reserve this wedge. From the rest of this half cut 1/2 inch slices and use the caterpillar cookie cutter to make watermelon caterpillars.
  4. Next, from 3 more watermelons cut 1/2” to 3/4” from the side of the watermelon so the stripes run sideways.
  5. Use the melon baller to scoop out watermelon balls from the insides of all the 4 body pieces & the honeydew.
  6. Attach the eyes, nose and antennas using toothpicks and arrange the pieces to form the caterpillar with the reserved wedge in front so it looks like it is being eaten. Prop around your carving with other food items that the caterpillar ate in the book.
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