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Caterpillar Pinwheels

food made in shape of catepillar

As a leading daycare centre in Sydney, we’ve seen it all. Like most parents, you probably want to do what’s best for your child’s health—making sure they eat healthy foods. The problem is that what qualifies as a “healthy” snack isn’t always so obvious. Kids need the right foods at the right time to grow and develop to their fullest potential. It is a critical part of their early childhood learning development years. As such, childcare centres around Sydney have a common goal: create nutritious snacks that kids can enjoy!

It can be a challenge to keep kids happy and healthy. You want to ensure that their snacks are nutritious and tasty, but you also want them to be fun-looking and easy for your kids to eat. Don’t worry. We’ve had years of experience as a premiere childcare centre in Sydney, and we know just what to recommend. 

A fun creation to add to any foodie, this edible caterpillar will be eaten in no time. Kids love it! Caterpillar Pinwheels are perfect for afternoon tea or as a quick snack during the day. 

Prep Time: 25 minutes.

Makes: 20 pinwheels.


  • 4 slices brown bread, crusts removed
  • 4 dessert spoons cream cheese
  • 1 tsp mango chutney
  • 1 small tomato, deseeded & diced
  • 2 large slices smoked salmon
To decorate:
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 2 peas
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 1 sweetcorn kernel
  • salad cress
  • cocktail sticks


  1. Cover the bread with clingfilm, then roll out thinly using a rolling pin.
  2. For the cream cheese, mango and tomato pinwheels, take 2 slices of bread and spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on each slice, followed by the mango chutney. Sprinkle over the tomato.
  3. For the salmon and cream cheese pinwheels, spread the remaining cream cheese over the bread, then cover with a layer of smoked salmon.
  4. Roll up each slice of bread, then cut each one into 5 pinwheels. Arrange them to make the caterpillar’s body.
  5. For the decoration, cut the cucumber into thick slices, then cut each slice into quarters to make the caterpillar’s feet. Arrange them along the pinwheel body. Using short lengths of a cocktail stick, attach 2 peas to the cherry tomato for the eyes and 1 kernel of sweetcorn for the nose. (Make sure the cocktail sticks are removed before eating.) Attach the face and feet to the caterpillar and add some cut salad cress for the grass.

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Try this Colourful Treat for your Child!

Caterpillar pinwheels dessert is made with cream cheese, which makes it very creamy and flavourful. The best part is that it’s also low in fat, so you don’t have to worry about your child eating too much of it! This dish is also very portable and easy to store, so it’s great for taking on the go or storing in the fridge for later use.

It’s a perfect recipe for kids to make at home. It’s easy to make, so your kids can do it themselves. It’s also delicious, nutritious and fun to eat! We really recommend this great treat!