eK-3zmjBImBHOZjRJYEZVBw4ZWs Shaky Mommy: Caterpillar Fun

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Caterpillar Fun

We've been studying invertebrates in science and we've reached the insects section. Insects are gross, for the most part, but butterflies are nice, so we've paused to pay special attention to them. Yesterday the kids watched an Eyewitness: Butterfly & Moth DVD. I love the Eyewitness series -they have great pictures and lots of information in chunks that are easy for kids to understand and remember. 

Today, we focused on my very favorite butterfly, the one that was first a very hungry caterpillar.

I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Luckily, my kids do too.  

I saw a cute & easy caterpillar craft on Pinterest several weeks ago. I set the materials for this out for the kids. 
The caterpillars turned out very cute!
Then I decided to elaborate on it a little bit and assigned them each foods from the book to make. I let them take charge, and so we ended up with black plums when purple construction paper couldn't be found and a few of our foods don't look quite like what they are supposed to be, but they had fun. 
Once the foods were done, I punched holes in each food. Then I had the kids sequence the foods and we strung it on a piece of ribbon and hung it, along with our finished caterpillars on the wall. They loved how it looked as if the caterpillars were going to eat the food.

I thought it turned out pretty cute. B was so excited about how it turned out, he wanted his picture taken with it. Then he went off to make a butterfly & a cocoon for the display! 

Need more Very Hungry Caterpillar? Check out my Very Hungry Caterpillar obsession board on Pinterest. 

P.S. I can't explain my VHC obsession. I just like the book...it's cute, well written and beautifully illustrated. And judging from the number of repins I've had on Pinterest, I'm not the only one who is obsessed!


  1. So cute! My daughter would LOVE making these. I see them in our future. :)