September 2, 2014
20 Very Hungry Caterpillar things to make and do
Everyone loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar and everyone has read it, but have you tried these 20 crafts and activities inspired by Eric Carle's classic?
There’s something about Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar that really appeals to me. Is it the fact that the caterpillar eats his way through half the world’s food supply then does a giant burp? Or is it the lovely transformation from green grub to beautiful butterfly at the end? Whatever it is, it seems I am not alone. There are literally thousands of fun craft and food ideas all over the internet inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
If you love it as much as I do, here are 20 Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas from Kidspot and from around the web:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar pom pom craft
Pom poms are fun but the best part is using a hole punch to make the caterpillar’s bite holes.
2. Toilet roll Hungry Caterpillar (image via Danya Banya)
Toilet rolls are the best craft accessories ever. Who knew they could morph into a caterpillar? This is a nice simple one for toddlers.
3. Clothespin Hungry Caterpillar (image via The Bottomsup blog)
This whole caterpillar thing is quite the Jack of all crafts: there’s no end to the possibilities. This one is good for fine motor skills; all that pegging will keep little hands busy.
4. Egg carton Hungry Caterpillar
Yes, where there’s toilet roll craft, it follows there will also be egg carton craft. Simple, cute and very satisfying for even the most craft-challenged mum and toddler.
5. Foam board caterpillar and butterfly set (image via bentochihuahua)
It’s a nice idea to also make the butterfly. Here’s a pigeon pair, if you will.
6. Easy paper craft Hungry Caterpillar
This one will appeal purely for the lure of the magic stapler machine, because if there’s one thing a toddler loves, it’s something that just might hurt them if they’re not supervised. Careful with those little fingers!
Messy (in a fun way) painting stuff
7. Hungry Caterpillar handprint art
Handprint art is good, messy fun (well fun for the toddler, anyway) and it also provides you with an artistic ‘growth chart’ of your child. Have a bucket of soapy water and face washer nearby so you don’t end up with ‘handprint art’ all over your walls.
8. Hungry Caterpillar cardboard roll stamps (image via Danya Banya)
Stamping activities are great for kids who are not confident with free-hand drawing.
9. Hungry Caterpillar fruit stamps
Why not make the food that he ate as well? Fruit stamps are a ‘childhood bucket list’ kinda thing.
Even craftier things to make and do
10. Homemade hairy hungry caterpillar gardening fun
It’s all in the waiting time, but there’s nothing more stupendous than waking up in the morning to see if your grass has grown yet! Get kids into gardening with this grassy caterpillar gardening activity.
11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar finger painting
More messy fun - and very effective.
12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar jumbo puzzle for toddlers
The idea is you make all the pieces separately and then get your toddler to put it all together on the floor. It’s fun because it’s gigantic!
13. Make a Very Hungry Caterpillar dress up mask
Book week? Sorted! Character costume party? Sorted. Just add a green onesie and you’re done.
14. Accessorise with a Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace (image via Buggyandbuddy.com)
Who doesn’t love a necklace made of edible stuff? This jazzy pasta necklace goes with anything. If you ask me, it’s very Dinosaur Designs, circa 1989!
Very Hungry Caterpillar party food and snacks
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar toddler bento box
Every so often, you have to ask yourself: how far is too far when it comes to trying to get your toddler to eat something … anything? If you’re into elaborate solutions, try this toddler bento box based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can add anything, as long as it’s in the book!
16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit and cheese snack
A bit less elaborate than the bento box, but just as effective.
17. Very Hungry Caterpillar sandwiches
Proof that once you start with this caterpillar caper, you see caterpillars in everything. These cute sandwiches make a great party snack idea.
18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar awesome birthday cake idea (image via cococakeland.com)
This is a fun birthday cake idea (if you call making two dozen cupcakes fun). But seriously, it’s different and extremely impressive – hello Supermum!
Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party theme stuff
19. Very Hungry Caterpillar balloon decoration idea (image via Linworth Children’s Centre)
So you’ve got your cakes, you’ve got your party snacks and now you’ve also got your awesomely themed balloon decoration.
20. Very Hungry Caterpillar party invitations idea (image via Pottery Barn Kids)
These are a fancy way to invite people to a party! And if you’ve been paying attention, you already know how to make a pom pom caterpillar.
This blog by Penny Flanagan originally appeared on our sister site kidspot.com.au and was adapted for kidspot.co.nz. Penny Flanagan calls herself a freelancer. She writes books, sings songs makes videos for Kidspot and blogs.