Earlier this month we searched for butterfly eggs and found caterpillars. The children had an amazing adventure of discovery, arts and science. This craft project was done to compliment our caterpillar search. Our beloved ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by, Eric Carle was read daily to these curious children – they could not get enough of the book. I admired their animation and imaginative thinking as they pretended to be caterpillars eating a lot of food. They were very uncomfortable when their stomach got too full and showed their discomfort with gestures, facial expressions and lack of movement.
For this craft you will need:
- pom poms
- wooden stick
- tacky glue – this works better than regular school glue.
- googly eyes
Gather the children, all the materials and get ready to work those fine motor skills.Children chose the pom pom colors and google eyes to their liking. I applied the glue to the stick for those children that had difficulty squeezing the bottles. This activity does help work their fine motor skills and for the toddlers, it was a little too much. Apply the glue to the stick and let them add as many colored pom poms they want (or that the stick can support). After which let them apply the googly eyes (assist if needed).
Our science on caterpillars and butterflies was a summer hit this year. We are thankful for our forest preserves where we got the caterpillars.