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I Is for Icky Insects

Snacks that start with I - Icky Insects snack

It’s a creepy, crawly ABC Snack!

What do you get when you combine yummy dried fruit, seeds, a little bit of chocolate, with a big dose of imagination? Well, in this post, you get icky insects!

Now, bugs may not be the first thing you think of when you’re hungry for an afternoon snack, but this recipe from our ABC Snacks series just might change your mind.

Be prepared to hear a lot of eeews and yuuuucks as you create and eat your icky insects together. But the good news is, there will probably be a lot of yummmms too!

It doesn’t look like our little helper was very squeamish about eating her buggy creations, does it?

Variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit Mom and preschooler assembling snack

Icky Insect Treats

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make a plate full of insects:

  • A variety of dried fruit: dates, apricots, raisins, banana chips, cranberries, etc.
  • Dried noodles or chow mein noodles
  • A variety of nuts and/or seeds: pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, slivered almonds, etc.
  • Small chocolate chips

Directions:

Use your creativity and combine your ingredients to create the creepiest, crawliest bugs you can come up with. Use larger pieces of dried fruit like dates and apricots to form the bodies of large insects. Use raisins or cranberries to create small-bodied insects. Almonds, small seeds, and banana chips make great wings, and dried noodles or chow mein noodles are perfect for legs. Create eyes with chocolate chips. Sprinkle your insects with flax or chia seeds to add a little texture and a bit of extra protein to your snack.

Adapted from Parents.com

Preschooler assembling snack Happy preschooler eating snack

Teaching Tips

  • As you create your icky insects, practice saying /ĭ/–/ĭ/–icky insect with your child.
  • How many words can you think of that start with the sound of /ĭ/ as in icky?
  • Here’s a book that might give you a bit of creative inspiration while you’re creating your icky insects (and a little bit of alphabet practice, too!).
  • Download ABC Snacks: Tips for Working on Pre-Reading Skills for more teaching tips.

Did you create an icky insect you’d like to share with us? Post a photo on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @allaboutlearning.

Want More Snacks that Start with I?

For snacks that start with I and many more, get the entire series of ABC Snacks Cookbooks with more than 40 snack recipes for your preschoolers!

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Photo credit: Rachel Neumann

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Alisha Goren

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The ABC snacks booklet is amazing! I’ve been looking all over the internet for a list like this one. Thanks again for all of the wonderful resources you provide to your students. My kids are big fans of “Rocket Dog Reading”. :)

Nette

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These are super cute! Definitely going to be making these for my bug loving kiddos.

Robin E.

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Nette,
This snack definitely appeals to those that enjoy a nice bug! I hope your kids enjoy it.

Areil I.

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I’m really excited about starting all about reading, my son is very hands on for learning and I think this curriculum will help him and also make this fun for him.

Robin E.

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Areil,
All About Reading’s multisensory approach is great for all kinds of learners!

Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

Melissa S

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They always love it if you can tie it to food!

Amber Johnson

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This looks like something my son would have fun making with me. Thank for the great idea!

Hope

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What a great idea!!

Audrey

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I will be giving this a try thanks!

Kirsten

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This looks so fun! And a great way to work on some fine motor skills!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kirsten,
Yes, particularly putting those tiny seed wings into the dried cranberries.

Autumn Jones

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What a cute idea! My daughter loves fun snack ideas like this!

Jennifer

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I love this idea. It is a way to incorporate some new foods that my child has not eaten before ie: apricots and dates, by making it into a fun activity.

Kelly

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I love the organization and hands on learning with All About Reading. My son was struggling with reading until we started this and now he eagerly does his reading lessons!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kelly,
I never get tired hearing how a child was struggling and dislike reading, only to become his or her favorite subject with All About Reading! Thank you for sharing!

Carole

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Can’t wait to try this…my kids always respond well to the hands-on learning. Food is just a bonus!

Gale

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That is super cute!

Kristin

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Love the hands on ideas with AAR, as well as the lovely recommended reading lists- so many wonderful books I would otherwise not have found. Thank you!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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You’re welcome, Kristin.

Heather Scott

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These are so cute! I could use this for my son who is a pre-reader!

Leslie Keierleber

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We love AAS and AAR. So many great ideas for homeschooling.

Stacy Renee

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This is such a cute idea for bug lovers or for right around Halloween! I’m adding this to my ideas book for when we teach my daughter about insects!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Stacy,
These would be a great snack to go with a unit studying insects! Great idea.

joanne altom

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looks like she enjoyed the treat!

Sarah

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Love this post!

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