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"The Very Hungry Caterpillar"


Updated 10-17-04  

Print out characters to retell the story.


The children practice cutting circles while they make this caterpillar from TLC Art's Beginnings book.

Make an edible caterpillar from banana slices and sprinkles.

Use a stuffed animal caterpillar to eat through fruit  pictures drawn in a book to retell the story.

This is a Sockapillar! An athletic sock was stuffed with fiberfill. Four yarn pieces were tied around the sock, one at the end and three others dividing the body into sections. Parent helpers hot glued on the pipe cleaner antennae, the felt backing for the eyes and the wiggly eyes.e.

Grow a Very Hairy Caterpillar

(from the Family Fun magazine)
Class Size Caterpillar

Combine 4 cups of potting soil and 4 tbsp. of quick-sprouting grass seed in a large bowl. Cut the bottom from a small yogurt container or a paper cup for a funnel. Then slide a knee-high stocking over it. Pour or spoon 3/4 to 1 cup of soil mixture into the stocking, then slide a colorful ponytail holder over the end of the stocking to section off the pocket of soil. Repeat this process to make 5 soil-filled segments. Tie a knot in the top of the stocking and trim away any excess nylon.

Submerge the caterpillar in water for 10minutes, then place it in a plastic bag and let it sit overnight. Remove the bag and loop a semi-straightened bobby pin through the front of the stocking, then glue a wiggly eye onto each end of the pin. For antennae, cut a pipe cleaner in half, glue a small pom-pom onto one end of each half, and stick them in place.

Set your caterpillar on a plate by a sunny window and generously water the whole thing every other day. Your critter should sprout hair in about 4 to 5 days.
Child-size Caterpillars

Use a 1/3cup soil/grass mixture and fill 3 sections. Use small hair bands, not the fancy ones as directed above. You can get 3 pair of knee-highs in a pack for a dollar and get 2 caterpillars out of each stocking. Leave the knee-high whole to fill the first caterpillar, then rubber band the end, knot the stocking and cut off. Put a knot in the half stocking that was left and turn it inside out so the knot is inside. Then filled the second one.





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