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A Hungry Caterpillar


Read to children Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After reading, talk about all the foods the caterpillar ate. Then provide samples of the healthful foods (plum, strawberry, apple, pear, and orange) for children to taste. Help children understand that fruits contain vitamins and other healthful nutrients. Ask Why did the caterpillar get a stomach ache? (He ate too much junk food.) Explain that sweet and fatty foods should not be eaten too often.


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