Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday--Children's Literature

Yesterday (Monday) was one of those days that as homeschoolers I try to avoid. Too much in too little time. We were not home for lunch. We ate our sandwiches in the back of the van--I laid out the picnic blanket and everything, so the kids thought it was a huge treat! But Muffin Tin Monday had to become Muffin Tin Tuesday!

PhotobucketThe theme this week was Children's Literature. Oy. Talk about a tricky one! I brainstormed a long time and finally came up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Lots of food there! Kiddo was feeling more inspired than I was, though, so he came up with his own lunch recreating a rainforest scene from The Umbrella by Jan Brett. I was quite impressed with his creativity. I did have to help him with the sky--I suggested the blue food coloring in the yogurt because he really wanted something blue.

Here is Kiddo's--Based on The Umbrella by Jan Brett
In the top row: Whipped cream cheese clouds, blue sky yogurt
Middle row: Trees made of pretzel sticks standing in whipped cream cheese with spinach leaf tops stuck on with peanut butter, lettuce standing in for rainforest foliage, salami flower (mostly he wanted all the spaces filled, and this was something Kutey had, so he wanted)
Bottom row: pretzel stick branches that fell off the trees, watermelon spear flowers, strawberry flower.
Pretty creative, huh?

Here is Kutey's--Based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Basically all of the "good for you" foods the caterpillar ate, without the "sometimes" foods. Apple, spinach (one nice, green leaf), pears, dried plums, strawberries, oranges. One slice of swiss cheese, one pickle, one slice of salami, and one slice of watermelon. I obviously needed a larger muffin tin, but the recycled applesauce cups are standing in nicely.


Michelle Sybert said...

I will have to try and use the applesauce cups, that's a great idea!

and the fact that kiddo came up with his own! wow! he did a great job!

Kayce and Robbie said...

Wow! Kiddo did a great job!