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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks

Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

eatable caterpillar grapes snacks for kids

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

eatable lady bug tomato, cheese and crackers snacks

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

eatable bug snacks with grapes, celery and tomatoes

Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker


For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.

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  1. I am planning a ladybug birthday party for my 2 year old. I like your ladybug idea……but I do have a question….what do you use to keep the eyes from falling off of the olive ? Thanks. Marsha

    1. I realise this original post was quite a few years ago, but I just found it, & would love to make these for my beautiful Grand-daughter’s again. Unfortunately, the first time I made them, my eldest granddaughter said I had forgotten the cattapilla’s legs!! Any thoughts on what I can use for the legs??.
      Thank you VERY MUCH.

  2. A balsamic reduction would be good for the lady bug dots too, if you didn’t want the sweetness of the icing.

  3. For the black dots on the ladybug… Dip a toothpick in a drop of olive oil, dot the oil on the tomato, and then stick a black sesame seed to each oil dot. To eliminate the sweetness of the candy eyes, cut small rounds off of the end of a cheese stick (or use small pieces of feta), and repeat the olive oil & sesame seed process. If you aren’t a fan of the provolone cheese, you can replace that with small pieces of spinach or romaine leaves. We have done it like this before, and it’s more like a bite-sized salad that the kids won’t fight you on!

  4. Tip: use balsamic glaze instead of icing gel on the ladybug tomatoes. Balsamic glaze is dark and sweet AND goes GREAT with tomatoes!

  5. I absolutely freakin’ love this!! My daughter is a huge picky eater and only thing on this she would normally eat are the grapes. I’m hoping with these cute buggies I can get her to try more things! Thank you for such cute foods!

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