The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a much beloved book in our household (as you can tell by how well chewed up it is!). It has been a favorite of both my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. It’s a great book for practicing counting as the caterpillar eats his way through various numbers of foods, the bright colors are eye catching for the little ones and the little holes in each page are just fun for the kids to stick their fingers through. It’s a book that we have read over and over and over.
Since my daughter constantly begs for crafts and experiments to do and I just happen to have a handy, empty egg carton we decided to make our own caterpillars. I just split it down the center so each of my kids could make one. I poked two holes in one end to stick a pipe cleaner through for the antennae and glued some googly eyes on. Then I just let the kids at it with paint.
You can probably see that I use whatever is available to put the paint out and I find for crafts like this the top of the egg carton makes a handy paint tray that I don’t have to worry about washing out when we’re done. I did have to break out a tray as my 2 year old insisted on mixing all the colors together and my 5 year old wanted them separate.
The kids were so proud of their caterpillars when they were done.