Homegrown Caterpillar

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We’ve all heard of the very hungry caterpillar, but now you can make your own Very HAIRY Caterpillar! (Note: This activity will take more than one day to complete.) If you like this craft, check out our Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Club activity.

What You’ll Need:
*Potting soil (4cups)
*Grass seed (We recommend rye grass because it grows quickly.)
*Cup measure
*Colorful hair bands
*Large plastic bowl or pot
*Plastic bag
*Pipe cleaners
*Googly eyes
*Sewing Pins or Hair pins
*Shallow plastic container, such as the saucers used to put under potted plants.

*Cut the legs off of the panty hose. (You’ll need one leg per caterpillar.)

*Mix the 4 cups of soil with 4 tablespoons of grass seed.
*Scoop 1 cup of the mixture into the hose and tie a hair band around it to form the head of the caterpillar. Repeat until all of the soil has been used and tie a knot at the end of the pantyhose.
*Fill the bowl or pot with water and soak the caterpillar for 20 minutes. Place in plastic bag overnight.
*Take it out and place in the plastic saucer. Place your caterpillar in a sunny spot and water each day.
*To decorate, twist the pipe cleaners around the head of the caterpillar to make the antennae. Push sewing puns or hair pins into the googly eyes and then the other end into your caterpillar.

*Talk with your child about the plant life cycle process – from seed to plant. Talk about how we start with the seed, add soil, water, and sunlight, and it will grow. Do some different experiments to see what happens if you take one or more of those elements away.
*Send us a picture of your kids and their very hairy caterpillars we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
*Plant life cycle videos and resources from BrainPopJr.com
*Seed to Flower Craft -- another great plant life cycle activity from MyActivityMaker.com

This activity can be found in the Games & Activities section of our site.