My son’s class have been doing lots of different arts and crafts activities around this theme, to help them with their own understanding. So we decided to have a go at some caterpillar and butterfly themed crafts as well. To help my younger kids understand and to reinforce what my son has been learning at school.
Collaborative Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft
My son’s class has made a giant “Very Hungry Caterpillar” out of paper plates. This has been displayed across the whole of one of the classroom walls. It looks fantastic, but I didn’t think I could quite get away with such a huge piece of art work at home. So we set about making our own smaller version, which we could all contribute too like my son’s class had done.
1. Drawing around the lid of a playdoh tub, we made circles onto white paper. The boys then cut out their own circles, whilst I drew and cut some out for my toddler.
2. Each of my kids helped to mix up different shades of green by adding white paint to green paint to make it progressively lighter. My pre-schooler was very interested in this and my toddler was a very enthusiastic paint mixer.
3. Each of the kids painted three of the circles with the different green paints. Any my eldest was in charge of one larger circle for the head and two rectangular strips of paper for the antennae. These were painted red.
4. Once these were dry I then glued the circles together to make a caterpillar. We then added googly eyes and a smile.
2. We used Dot Markers to make coloured dots all over one side of the
3. We then folded over the paper and rubbed down hard. Then gently pulled it
apart to create the same pattern onto the other side of the paper. My
toddler doesn’t really comprehend gentle, so I helped her along with this
part of the task.
4. We then finished them off with black pipe cleaners for the antennae and of
course some googly eyes.