The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story & Crafts

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Read this classic story by Eric Carle and create your own hungry caterpillar and beautiful butterfly.

What You’ll Need:
*The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
*Cotton balls (5 per craft)
*Green & red paint
*Green construction paper (one half sheet per craft)
*Coffee filters (one per craft)
*Washable Markers
*Spray bottle with water
*Pipe cleaner OR clothespin (one per craft)

*Talk with your children about the life cycle of a caterpillar: egg, caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly. In what ways are butterflies and caterpillars alike? How are they different?
*As you read about all the different foods this caterpillar eats, talk with your children about which ones are healthy foods and which ones aren’t. What are your children’s favorite foods to eat when they are very hungry?

*Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar aloud with your children.
*To make the caterpillar, first cut the green construction paper into the shape of leaf. Dip one side of a cotton ball into green paint. Glue the opposite side down to your leaf so that the green side faces up. You will repeat this with 3 more cotton balls for a total of 4 green cotton balls, glued on the leaf side by side, to make the body of your caterpillar. The last cotton ball will be dipped into red paint and glued side by side with the last green cotton ball to form the head of the caterpillar. Allow to dry thoroughly.
*To make the butterfly, flatten the coffee filter. Gently color on the coffee filter with washable markers (they bleed better than other markers). Make sure your children don’t push too hard or they will tear the paper. Once they have finished coloring, use the spray bottle of water to gently spray water on the coffee filter. The marker should bleed and blend together. Allow it to dry completely. Scrunch the center of the coffee filter together to create the wings of the butterfly. Use the pipe cleaner or clothespin to keep the coffee filter scrunched together. Twist the ends to of the pipe cleaner make the antennae of your butterfly or draw them on the clothespin.

*Send us a picture of your caterpillars and butterflies and we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
Very Hungry Caterpillar- at
• Another butterfly craft: Our Toilet Paper Butterfly

This activity can be found in Book Club section of our site.