Monday, July 27, 2009

Make Your Own Very Hungry Caterpillar

Both of my girls LOVE
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary
of this wonderful
(and Beautifully illustrated!)
children's book
we made our own Hungry Caterpillars
to play with!

We made a big mommy caterpillar
and two mini-baby caterpillars.

I threaded a needle with a double thickness of thread
and the girls helped string on pom-pons
to create caterpillar bodies.
(then I doubled the thread back through the bodies
to make them stronger before knotting them off)

We added button eyes to the bigger mama-pillar,
and left the little ones plain.
(I wonder if elastic thread would have been better?)

Then we went on a hunt in the playroom
to collect all of the food from the story.

I set up both of our copies of the book,
a tray of play food,
and our caterpillars for the girls
and they had a great time
acting out the story for several days.

Mini-Saurus still plays with her mini-caterpillar
at bedtime while we read the book.

I am planning to make a tape recording
of myself reading the book aloud
for our "read aloud" book center
in the family room.

How cute would these be
in a classroom reading center?!

(you can take the teacher out of a school,
but you can't take
the classroom ideas out of the teacher!)

Psst...lean in -- I'll tell you my secret...

(I also have hopes and dreams of making
a felt board set...
it may be one of my homemade
Christmas gifts for the girls this year!)

This bulletin board set
from Amazon.com
would be so much easier!
You could laminate it and add a piece of velcro
(or felt) to the back of each piece
for instant (ADORABLE) felt board pieces!


Amanda said...

Madison LOVES the caterpillar you sent in her summer swap box! We actually found a Very Hungry Caterpillar helmet and pads set that Maddie wore when she went roller skating!

Christy said...

We love the Very Hungry Caterpillar. WE are planning a trip to the Eric Carle Museum soon and I can't wait!

EntertainingMom said...

Genius... sheer genius... and so adorable too!!!

ladystrathconn said...

I have been to the Eric Carle Museum (it is less than an hour away from me) and it is wonderful. I look forward to being able to take my little boy.

Your projects are always so amazing. I keep bookmarking them for when Jack is older.

MaryAnne said...

Your caterpillars are adorable!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh this is so cute! Have a happy Monday~ I am slowly making my way through all of the comments that I so lovingly received last Thursday when I was featured on SITS. Thank you so very much for visiting me.

La Dolce Vita said...

LOVE, LOVE this idea! We'll be making them as well. Also, love the reading center and felt board idea. You are a lady after my own heart.

I used to teach (and now work .5 with teachers), so I've got teaching down in the soul!

Did I mention that I LOVE this idea?

Eric Carle museum? Must Google that!

Anne said...

Thats so cute!

I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Elise said...

The Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite here too. Your caterpillars are adorable.

What a lovely idea to tape yourelf reading the book.

Morgan said...

very cute. I would like to do some tapes of my husband and I reading- especially a "daddy tape" for when my husband is working. I just need to pick up some cassettes!

You guys did a summer swap? That's pretty cool!

Michie said...

I do a lot of reading in the classroom, and at the end of one school year I recorded me reading several of the books we'd enjoyed during the school year and my husband put them all on a cd and I gave one to each of my students. I have been wanting to record more of myself - and hopefully anyone else I can con into doing it - reading stories for my daughter.

I once read an article in Family Fun about a grandmother who would send a package to her grandson every few months that would include a book, a video of her reading the book, and a craft/snack/activity that went with the book. I always thought that would be the coolest gift.

Cindy said...

This is so totally awesome. We just found some caterpillars today out on milkweed that grows by us. We will for sure be doing this. Score for me and my little man. Thanks

Deb Chitwood said...

What a great Very Hungry Caterpillar activity, MaryLea! I featured your photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Eric Carle Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/06/26/montessori-inspired-eric-carle-activities-and-eric-carle-linky/

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