Hi, I'm Polly from Pieces of Polly where I share all sorts of crafts and sewing projects as well as fun activities for kids and many of our favorite children's books. I'm excited to be part of the Summer Soiree! When Aimee asked me about it, I knew just what I wanted to do...something with BUGS! My kids love looking for bugs in the big field behind our house during the summer.
And what better way to explore them, than eating some of your own Ham-BUG-ers.
We also love reading a lot of picture books, so this activity was inspired by a book. Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald. I wasn't quite brave enough to try some of the dishes in the book, but Ham-BUG-ers was an easy sell with the kids.
We started making our own hamburger buns several months ago, and once you try it, you'll never want to go back! Making them into bugs while we're at it, is super simple and fun for the kids. I just use regular whole wheat bread dough. I make mine at home, but you could easily use regular white bread dough or buy the dough from the store.
Shape the dough into a large ball and a small ball for each bug. (And remember it rises...I should have made mine a bit smaller.). After it's risen just a bit, use a knife to slice bug markings into the large ball. Let it rise a bit more.
Bake according to recipe directions. (whatever recipe you like to use)Slice in half and fill with plenty of bug guts.
Add some raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes.
This one goes straight for her favorite parts...
If you're interested in other activities to go along with books too keep reading extra fun this summer, be sure to check out my browsable archive of children's books activities.
I love to cook but only if the meals are healthy, easy, and yummy. .
I'm Aimee, former Early Childhood Educator and Reading Specialist turned author, speaker, blogger, and mom of 5. This website is meant to inspire & equip parents of little ones to promote early literacy & language development at home. You will also find fun crafts, devotionals, and recipes to explore..
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