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Lucky Ladybugs


Help each child place a tomato half on a leaf of lettuce. Provide whole black olives for the ladybug's head and olive halves for the ladybug's spots. When children have created their edible insects, add favorite salad dressings and eat!

Notes about working with food

  • Encourage children to do as much of the work as possible. Remember, it builds self-esteem and teaches cooking skills.
  • Be sure children wash their hands before handling food.
  • Be certain that you are aware of any allergies to foods that students might have.


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