Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

On Friday afternoon, after a morning trip to the park Daniel declared he wanted to ‘do making’. I didn’t have anything prepared so instead decided we would do some quick Very Hungry Caterpillar activities.

I cut some circle shapes out of some card and Daniel used the brilliant solid paint sticks from Baker Ross (I’ve mentioned these a few times but they are brilliant!) to decorate the circles. At this stage Emma decided she wanted to join in, so I gave her some circles and a paint stick. She then cried. And threw it all on the floor. Then cried again. (crying from Emma has been the theme of my weekend!).

Daniel had great fun scrawling on the circles and once he had finished I fixed them together using butterfly pins, we added an eye then stuck craft sticks at each end to create our caterpillar puppet.

very hungry caterpillar toddler activityDaniel was really pleased with his caterpillar and this afternoon he declared the wanted to do ‘circle making’ again. I asked him to get me the Hungry Caterpillar book and we read the story and talked about how the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

He then played with the matching cards that I had printed from twinkl (again another site I rave about as I use it lots) whilst I drew a rough butterfly shape. Once he had finished his matching game we got around to the important task of decorating his butterfly. Once done I added a craft stick to the middle, we stuck two eyes on and there was our butterfly.

This was such an easy craft to do and also supported the reading of the story. Daniel went through a phase of reading the hungry caterpillar every night, but it isn’t a book we have read much of in recent weeks. I am sure it will be reintroduced to the regular reading pile now.


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  1. 1st March 2015 / 20:01

    That’s was good … And neat to link the craft stuff tot a story

  2. 1st March 2015 / 21:16

    I need to pick up some of those paint sticks. I had grand ideas of making window decorations of the caterpillar and butterfly but we ran out of time – an idea for another time. Really enjoyed showing Phoebe the book this week x

  3. 1st March 2015 / 22:56

    Another excellent “making” session.

  4. 2nd March 2015 / 14:14

    I love VHC so many crafts you can do with it xx

  5. 3rd March 2015 / 09:17

    I love the idea of using lolly sticks to make a puppet 🙂 There are so many great activities you can do from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


  6. 3rd March 2015 / 09:50

    A great book and always fun to follow it up with a crafting activity. Your caterpillar looks perfect!

  7. 3rd March 2015 / 12:10

    What a great way to bring the book to life. I love the caterpillar and butterfly you made.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  8. 3rd March 2015 / 14:01

    Love the caterpillar and butterfly and such a brilliant way to link craft activities to a wonderful story too.

  9. 3rd March 2015 / 15:49

    This looks like a fun activity, and so simple to do too! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of our favourite books. #letkidsbekids

  10. 7th March 2015 / 21:42

    I have never heard of painting sticks before – they look great. I love crafts linked to books. Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays

  11. 8th March 2015 / 09:04

    Love the hungry caterpillar, your activities look great.

    Thanks for linking #toddlerapprovedtuesday xx

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