July Nutritional Article

Edible “Insects” at the Snack Table


Bugs and insects are a-plenty outside during this time of year. For children, this is a fun time to explore all the excitement of the little creatures. Have some fun this month teaching the kids how to build edible, healthy bugs and insects for snacks. Build edible bugs and insects using creative ingredients for body parts. Here are some ideas:



  • cherry tomato
  • grape
  • dried plum
  • blackberry
  • black or green olive
  • hard-boiled egg half



  • raisins
  • mini chocolate chips
  • dry cereal pieces
  • slivered almonds
  • blueberries
  • dried fruit



  • apple half
  • breakfast sausage link
  • string cheese stick
  • cracker
  • baby carrot or celery
  • stick
  • bread (cut into shapes using cookie cutters)



  • pretzel twists
  • sliced strawberries
  • cucumber slices
  • turkey pepperoni
  • cheese slices



  • bell pepper sticks
  • carrot sticks
  • chow mein noodles
  • pretzel sticks


Put the parts together (peanut/almond butter or hummus work as great “glue”) and you’ve made an edible creature!