Last Wednesday we celebrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar's birthday with a special story and craft time. We did two crafts after the kids listened to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are a lot of great craft ideas out there, but we were looking for ones that could be made by 3-6 year olds in about 10 minutes. First, we made caterpillar headbands. Then we made caterpillars out of tissue paper.
How to make tissue paper caterpillars:
-1 8 1/2x11 piece of white paper
-4 green tissue paper circles (I like to raid our dish cupboard to make circles-coffee mugs and bowls work great.)
-1 red tissue paper circle
-Crayons or markers
1. Glue your tissue paper circles onto the paper. If you glue them in a straight line, you will have a short caterpillar of three or so circles. If you give him an "s" shape, you will fit more circles on the paper and he will look more like a caterpillar.
2. With crayons or markers, add a face and legs. You can also add other details, such as a sun, grass, etc.
While it would have been easier using construction paper circles, I like the look of tissue paper when doing an Eric Carle craft. It gives the finished product the look of Carle artwork, while still being accessible to a 3-6 year old.