Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

As we learn about the butterfly life cycle in science, it's the perfect time to read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and work on sequencing beginning, middle and end.

Egg Crate Hungry Caterpillar Craft - We did this two years ago but it was way too time consuming in the classroom.  You have to paint several layers. Fun extension activity at home!

1. First the egg on the leaf.

2. Hatches, eats a lot and turns into a cocoon.

3. Turns into a butterfly.

1. First, in the light of the moon, an egg was on a leaf.

2. Next the caterpillar ate a lot of food and then he went into a cocoon.

3. Last, the caterpillar was a butterfly.

I enjoyed seeing the detail in the students' pictures and the different way they chose to word the story.
They all turned out beautifully!

Update: This is a fun activity to do at the end of the day or if you have a bit of extra time. It's really in no way academic, but when you're like us and have 25 extra minutes at the end of an already very-packed day, it's a good activity to wrap up the Butterfly Life Cycle. All you have to do is squirt some paint in a bag, let students squish it around with their hands (what fun!) and then twist a pipe cleaner around the bag. Voila! Insta-butterfly.


  1. Awww. One of my all time favorite books.

    Also, I think I ate like the very hungry caterpillar today... but I doubt I'll be turning into a butterfly. Drat.

  2. Quite often I tell my mom "hm, I guess I better eat a salad and hope it works like the leaf did for the Very Hungry Caterpillar" after any unhealthy eating day ;)