The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities


Late August has brought a Ladybird (ladybug) invasion to our neck of the woods and while we are all in love with the little red and black beauties (especially Lile) we have been getting a bit bug crazy around here in general lately.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar has long been a favourite in our house and yesterday morning I decided to base a few simple crafts on the book.

I had recently been encouraging the girls to thread beads onto pipe cleaners because it's good exercise for their fine motor skills and also because it keeps them quiet and busy for quite a long time ;) when I realised we had quite a lot of green and red beads.

I put a handful of the green beads and one red one into a little dish and asked Lile to make 'the hungry caterpillar' for me. It took her a while (the red bead was put on in the wrong order a few times) but this is what she came up with:
It's great story prop which we have used several times already as we read together and also as we tell the story in our own words. It's a total bonus that he is poseable too.



The girls are very fond of anything miniature, so the picture of the tiny caterpillar when he first emerges from the egg has always fascinated them. I thought it would be cute to see if we could paint some teeny tiny caterpillars, but with 3 year olds favouring wild brush strokes I thought it might be a big challenge for them to paint something small. We used cotton buds (q-tips?) as paint brushes and I think they did quite well, even though we attempted it just before dinner, when attention spans weren't at an all time high!
The final activity I put together for the girls was another really simple one. I cut out some small circles of green card and one circle each in red foam (I had no red card), some rough 'feet' and 'antennae' shapes. I gave them a small pot of glue and a lollipop stick each and let them loose!

I love the finished results even though eyes look a bit crazy! (They are from a roll of multi-coloured eye stickers which I picked up ages ago for the craft stash). You could use googly eyes or just draw on the eyes, or use more coloured paper/card so that they are a bit less... um... strange...

All of the above crafts cost absolutely nothing because I happened to have everything on hand in our (pretty basic) craft stash yet the girls enjoyed them very much and are quite proud of their efforts. The activities are so simple that even very young children could do them and they are mostly mess free (especially if you use a glue stick rather than gloopy glue for the circle craft!) 

I thought they would make really fun activities at a 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' themed birthday party and now I want my girls to have one for their next birthday... except that they probably have other ideas... as they always do!

I have seen a LOT of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' inspiration on pinterest and instagram (search #theveryhungrycaterpillar) and I would really enjoy putting something similar together for a special celebration. 

Anyone know if there is a National Caterpillar Day we can celebrate?

All I need is one tiny excuse....

8 comments

  1. Our kids LOVE the hungry Caterpillar... Have a look for the Seahorse one too, can't quite remember the name, but also by Eric Carle. I love the bead on the pipecleaner idea :-)

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    1. Oooh! I didn't know there was a Seahorse one! I'll definitely have to look out for that one... although I'm currently trying to find my old copy of The Bad Tempered Ladybird, which a certain little someone I know will love!

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    2. Never heard of that! I'll go on a search now! X

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  2. The pipe cleaner caterpillar is ingenious and beautiful, and I've lost my heart to the charming little ladybird dress.

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    1. Ah that dress! It is almost indecent in length on her now, but we love it still. If I could convince her to wear leggings under it we could get away with it for a while longer - but she is adamant in her sartorial choices and leggings are not acceptable!

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    2. Ah that dress! It is almost indecent in length on her now, but we love it still. If I could convince her to wear leggings under it we could get away with it for a while longer - but she is adamant in her sartorial choices and leggings are not acceptable!

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  3. I am SO going to do this with the boys, it is fab! And i have loads of beads and pipe cleaners too. And cotton buds. Thank you! PS I love the ladybird dress.

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    1. Thanks Laura! I hope they enjoy the activities. That dress is STILL in rotation - although it's now been reduced to nightwear only. (we just can't let go!)

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