Edible caterpillar life cycle (2 - 3 year olds)

Using food you can create a life cycle of a butterfly so children can visually see how it works.

Home Learning

You will need

  • marshmallows (to represent the eggs)
  • gummy caterpillars (to represent the caterpillar)
  • something brown and oval shape (to represent the cocoon)
  • crackers (to represent butterfly)

What to do

This is a great hands on activity for children to begin to see how a life cycle works, you can use any edible materials to help represent the different stages. Using food can sometimes help children remember things they are learning as they are excited because it’s edible (and therefore more engaged!)

Edible caterpillar life cycle

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the world:
    • Early scientific concepts; observations
    • Notices detailed features of objects in their environment.
    • Talks about why things happen and how things work.
    • Can talk about some of the things they have observed, such as plants, animals and nature.
    • Comments and begins to ask questions about the world around them.
  • Communication, Language and Literacy:
    • Beginning to use word endings such as ‘going’ and ‘cats’
    • Uses language as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts.
    • Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating
    • Uses a variety of questions, such as ‘what, who’ where, why’
    • Distinguishes between the different marks they make
    • Holds conversation

Key words

  • caterpillar
  • butterfly
  • see
  • feel
  • eat
  • change
  • move
  • fly
  • slither

Discuss with your child

  • What might happen after?
  • What do you think the caterpillar turns into?
  • Would you like to eat it?!
  • How many ‘eggs’ are there?