When I was teaching in the classroom, one of my favorite books to use in the classroom was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. When I taught first grade it was great way to work on story sequencing and life cycles. When I was in the special education pre-kindergarten classroom, we worked on the same concepts as well as naming foods.
Plus, there are so many cute craft ideas to do in conjunction with the book! Luckily, it has proven to be one of W’s favorite books so I have a great excuse to continue teaching! W and I have been working on a few story related activities that I will be sharing soon. But my friend, Kari from Mommy to Elodie, has also come up with some adorable Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts: Fuzzy Caterpillar
This adorable craft is simple to make! Kids of all ages can get involved with older ones making it independently and younger getting some assistance!
What you need:
- 1 green pipe cleaner
- 1 large red pompom
- Assortment of colored small pompoms
- Small piece of green construction paper
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
- Hole punch
- Black permanent marker
What you do:
- Draw large eyes on the red pompom using the permanent marker.
- Bend the green pipe cleaner into the shape of a caterpillar and cut to the size you would like. Cut another small piece and fold into a v shape for the antennae. I twisted in the ends so there would be no sharp points.
- Add pompoms- first the head, then as many as fit on the body- with hot glue. I let my daughter choose the color and order, and I did the glueing away from her. Glue the antennae to the top of the head.
- Cut out a leaf shape from the green paper. You’ll want it to be fairly small so that you can use the hole puncher and still reach the center of the leaf.
- Hole punch a few holes through the center of the leaf. This will make it look like the green leaf the caterpillar eats in the book.