Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired Cupcakes - Caterpillar, Tortoise & Ladybug: Kids Craft Project #74

Eric Carle Inspired Cupcakes - Caterpillar, Tortoise & Ladybug
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up.

ADULT Supervision & Participation Required
Eric Carle Inspired Cupcakes: Tortoise, Ladybug & Caterpillar!
A great party activity is giving children a plain cupcake and letting them decorate it themselves! If it's a theme party you could make some examples in advance for them to try to copy. Hand out spoons for the frosting and have bowls of sprinkles, pearls, and assorted candies to decorate with. It is fun, fun, fun! Quick! Get a picture of each one before it's consumed!
Supplies Needed:
  • Cupcakes
  • Icing
  • Red Food Coloring
  • M & M's 
  • Jujy Fruit Candy
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Sugar Pearls 
  • Green Sugars 
  • Kitchen Supplies: spoons, knife, spatula, toothpick, popsicle stick, bowl
What To Do:
  1. Put frosting on countertop. Frosting needs to be at room temperature before decorating. Otherwise, it will be too hard and will tear your cupcakes.
  2. Prepare and bake cupcakes with your kids according to box directions. Your children can participate by pouring mix into bowl, adding ingredients, cracking eggs, mixing batter, scooping into cupcake mold etc!
    HINT: Use cupcake liners.
TO MAKE THE TORTOISE:
  1. Frost the top of a cupcake with vanilla frosting. If your child is doing this have them use a spoon to scoop a good dollop onto the center of the cupcake and then smooth it out with the back of the spoon.

  2. Unwrap a peanut butter cup and place it upside down in the center of the vanilla frosting.
  3. Find a round, green Jujy Fruit candy (great sorting opportunity!)  and place it on the cupcake for the turtle's head.
  4. ADULT ONLY: Cut 2 green, oval Jujy Fruit candies in half to make the 4 limbs. Cut another green Jujy Fruit into a tail shape.
  5. Put the 4 limbs and tail on your turtle. 
  6. Use a toothpick (or popsicle stick) dipped into vanilla icing to make the tortoise shell design. Just dip into the frosting and drag horizontally and then vertically, repeatedly dipping into the frosting when needed.
    HINT: Try for a checkerboard pattern.
  7. To add the eyes first dip a toothpick into your frosting and dab it onto the Jujy fruit where the eyes will go. Then just press the 2 sugar pearls onto it.
TO MAKE THE CATERPILLAR:
  1. Frost the top of a cupcake with chocolate frosting. If your child is doing this have them use a spoon to scoop a good dollop onto the center of the cupcake and then smooth it out with the back of the spoon.
  2. Find a red, round Jujy Fruit candy for the head and place it on one side of the frosting, leaving room for the body.
  3. Find 10 green M&M's and place them on the frosting as shown. The top M&M's will stick when first dabbed with frosting on one side.
  4. To add the eyes first dip a toothpick into your frosting and dab it onto the jujy fruit where the eyes will go. Then just press the 2 sugar pearls onto it. 
  5. Sprinkle chocolate frosting with Green Sugar.
  6. ADULT: Find a black, oval Jujy Fruit candy and cut 2 strips for antennae.
  7. Dip one end of each antennae into frosting (think glue) and then press onto top of head.
  8. ENJOY!
TO MAKE THE LADYBUG:
  1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla frosting into a bowl for each ladybug cupcake you want to make. 
  2. Add red food coloring and stir thoroughly until the frosting is evenly red.
  3. Frost the top of a cupcake with the red frosting. If your child is doing this have them use a spoon to scoop a good dollop onto the center of the cupcake and then smooth it out with the back of the spoon.
  4. Add 8 brown M&M's so they are set up symmetrically.
  5. Use a toothpick or popsicle stick to draw a chocolate frosting line down the center of the cupcake. (Dip tip into frosting and draw on the cupcake.)
  6. Use popsicle stick with chocolate frosting to draw a face area at one end of the ladybug dividing line. Make the same shape at the other end of the diving line for the hind part of the ladybug.
  7. Add 2 pearls "eyes" to the face. 
  8. ADULT: Find a black, oval Jujy Fruit candy and cut 2 strips for antennae. Stick into the chocolate frosting near the top of the head area.
  9. ENJOY!
    The Grouchy Ladybug Cupcake, The Foolish Tortoise Cupcake, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake
    Grouchy Ladybug Cupcake


FEATURED BOOKS:
These cupcakes were inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "The Foolish Tortoise", and "The Grouchy Ladybug" By Eric Carle. These beloved books are children's favorites across the world!

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