Keep reading for some fun The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. These activities are sure to be a hit with your little one!
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MARCH STORY OF THE MONTH
In this story, an egg hatches one bright Sunday morning, and a tiny (but very hungry!) caterpillar is born. He spends the next week eating and eating and eating…he can’t get enough!
Once he’s gown into a big, fat caterpillar, he builds a chrysalis, and then he emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
This beloved story is perfect for teaching about the butterfly’s life cycle as well as days of the week.
After reading the story, check out these fun The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities, which include a Fruit & Veggie Butterfly, Egg Carton Caterpillars, and FREE Butterfly Life Cycle Play Dough Mats.
Adding these activities to your spring plans, either at home or in the classroom, will bring learning to life for your little one!
FRUIT AND VEGGIE BUTTERFLY
My kids aren’t big fans of veggies (yet!), so I love incorporating veggies into fun snacks to increase the chances they will eat them.
This Fruit & Veggie Butterfly is the perfect example…it’s made out of foods they love (apples, raisins, and pretzels) and one food they don’t love yet (celery), but they’re much more likely to try the celery because it’s part of the butterfly. I’ll take that as a win!
- Wash your apple and celery. Cut them into slices.
- Place one celery stick on a plate. Lay out four apple slices around it to be the butterfly’s wings.
- Add raisins to the apple slices.
- Add pretzel sticks to the top of the celery to be the butterfly’s antennae.
- You now have your own butterfly snack! Easy peasy!
EGG CARTON CATERPILLARS
These egg carton caterpillars were actually the great idea of my mother-in-law! She made them with my kids as part of their special day learning all about butterflies, and I knew they’d be perfect to share as part of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- Cut an egg carton in half so it only has 6 egg compartments. This will be the body of the caterpillar.
- Have your little one paint the egg carton. Set aside to dry.
- When the egg carton is dry, flip it over (so the bottom of the egg carton is facing the sky)
- Glue googly eyes to the first egg compartment and add pipe cleaner antennae.
- Now your child has their very own caterpillar!
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, you could make this Caterpillar Paper Craft as an alternative. It’s still super cute!
FREE BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE PLAY DOUGH MATS
If you want to teach your child about the transformation described in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then you’ll definitely want to use these butterfly life cycle play dough mats!
Kids love using play dough because it’s fun, but adults know play dough is more than fun…it builds up the muscles in little hands, fingers, & wrists, which helps with fine motor & handwriting development.
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Do you love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Do you have any caterpillar or butterfly activities for preschoolers or kindergarteners that I should add to our list? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] to share!