Fun with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most popular children's books of all time. The book has sold over 30 million copies in 55 languages. It's still one of my favorite books, and I love reading it to my children. When my first born son turned 3, I based his birthday party around the book. I had a blast putting together the food, party activities, and the decorations.

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To celebrate the long-lasting appeal of such a wonderful book, one weekend the boys and I had some fun with some Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts, activities, and, of course, a snack.

clothespin butterfly
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Clothespin Butterfly

Materials

  • coffee filter
  • markers or watercolors
  • clothespin
  • googly eyes
  • black spray paint

Instructions

1. Spray paint the clothespin black and allow to dry.

2. Color the filter using watercolors or markers to decorate the butterfly's wings.

3. Once the coffee filter and clothespin are dry, assemble the butterfly by bunching up the filter and clipping it with the clothespin in the center.

4. Spread out the wings and apply the googly eyes.

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caterpillar thumb prints
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Thumbprint Caterpillar

Materials

  • 4 x 4 canvas
  • green and red acrylic paint

Instructions

1. Place red and green paint on a paper plate.

2. Dip your child's thumb in the red paint.

3. Place thumb on the far left or right side of the canvas to form the caterpillar's head.

4. Wash thumb.

5. Dip your child's thumb in the green paint.

5. Place thumb on the canvas enough times to form the caterpillar's body.

6. Allow artwork to dry. Write your child's name and the date on the back.

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butterfly handprints
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Butterfly Handprints

Materials

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  • fingerpaint of various colors
  • paint brush
  • paper
  • wet washcloth or baby wipe

Instructions

1. Using a paintbrush, paint your child's hand with enough paint to get a good print.

2. Spread your child's fingers out and quickly place on the paper. You will need to work fast, since small kids are not too cooperative with staying still.

3. Wash off the paint and repeat the first two steps on the opposite hand, except place the hand going the opposite direction (for the other butterfly wing).

4. Paint the butterfly's body and antennas.

5. Allow to dry and display your child's lovely artwork

hungry caterpillar snack
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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Snack

Ingredients

  • cucumbers
  • orange slices
  • dried apricot
  • large pepperoni

Instructions

1. Thinly slice the cucumber and orange.

2. Arrange the cucumber into the body of the caterpillar.

3. Place the pepperoni at the beginning of the body for the head.

4. Place two apricot pieces on the head as the caterpillar's eyes.

5. Place the orange slice in the upper left-hand corner of the plate as the sun.

6. Watch your kids devour your snack creation!

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Fun with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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2 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Great ideas! I’ll buy this book on our next stop to bookstore!

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