Hubby-jr loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar storybook, to the extent that he has just about almost memorised the entire book. He can repeat in the exact sequence what the hungry caterpillar ate on Saturday!
For the benefit of the clueless, in a gist, the story is about how the very hungry caterpillar ate through a series of different stuff from Monday to Sunday and then becomes a butterfly. In a very interesting manner of course. It’s a wonderful book that children love and also great tool for teaching the days of the week and metamorphosis!
Anyway, I was having fun with him over breakfast this morning asking him what the very hungry caterpillar ate each day. Then we reached “Saturday” and the conversation went like this.
Me: On Saturday the hungry caterpillar ate through…?
Hubby-jr: One piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.
Me: That night he had a…
(After some prompting) Hubby-jr: a tummy-ache (grinning)
Me: Yes, and the next day was Sunday again, he ate through…?
Hubby-jr: One piece of green leaf.
Me: After that he felt…?
Hubby-jr: Much better.
Then I had this “brilliant idea” of seizing the opportunity to reinforce the importance of eating vegetables.
Me: Yes, the hungry caterpillar felt much better after eating the green leaf. The green leaf is a vegetable. See! Even a caterpillar needs to eat vegetables!
Hubby-jr (chewing on his toast bread): Boy-boy (refering to himself) needs to eat…
He continues munching and takes a pause. And I’m expecting him to say “vegetables” and feeling good that I managed to unexpectedly insert a lesson on eating vegetables. Well at least I did up till my son finished his sentence…
Hubby-jr: Toast bread!
We all just cracked up and had the laugh of the day! There goes the lesson on vegetables! And I learnt the valuable lesson (again!) that kids are not easily “tricked” and can outsmart us anytime!