Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

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
-Glue stick

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.

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