Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 30: The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Such a classic story book!  Just like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an Eric Carle staple I'll bet most of us have in our bookshelves (if not memorized) and read often.  I know it's been a favorite for my girls.

The story is told of a caterpillar that hatches from an egg, grows, and eats and eats and eats until he is so full that he becomes big and fat.  He builds his cocoon, stays inside for more than two weeks, and becomes a beautiful butterfly.  It's the classic metamorphosis story.


Create a "beautiful butterfly" with your child that they can play with over and over again.  Follow the simple steps shown below:

My girls love to make these, and they only take about 5 minutes.  I love them because they aren't messy, and they don't involve too much skill on the parent's part!  We have quite a collection, and my oldest daughter Grace plays with hers often.  She loves to hold the butterfly by the stick and swing him around to flap his wings.

It is also fun to make each one unique and different.  One thing we have done is make a butterfly for everyone in the family.  The kids have fun deciding which colors, patterns, and designs best reflect each person.  So fun!


Make a healthy caterpillar for lunch!

Take a large strawberry and slice to create his head.  Next, create his eyes by using little bits of pineapple cut into circles and place sliced green jelly belly candies in front.  Form his body with green grapes , carrot feet, raisin mouth, and ham antennae.  He is walking on an oatmeal ground and taking in the cheddar cheese sun! 

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