I have mmm and arrrhh-ed about whether to include the Very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle in my blog……… but it really has inspired us to get creative…… so here it is! I am not going to talk you through the story, it is truly a classic and Tom still enjoys it. The story has repeated language and a simple sequence which makes it lovely for young children. I do really recommend the very hungry caterpillar board game which is well made game that reinforces the story in sequence.
The very hungry caterpillar and Eric Carle’s specific style of art has definitely inspired us to get creative, here are some of our favourites!
Eric Carle inspired piece of art
Need: Piece of paper or card (we used a bit of card from a cardboard box), paint, tissue paper, items to print with (we used a duplo brick, a plactic cup, small lid and a fork).
First the children painted their cardboard making sure the whole card was covered in paint. Then I cut different shaped tissue paper for them to stick onto their painting (we used the wet paint as glue). Once the paint is all dried, they printed over the top with our different items.
I did this with the very young children too (12-18months) they loved making marks with the paint brush and printing over the top.
When I make butterflies with children I generally do the paint on half a sheet of paper, fold then unfold and reveal a butterfly, similar to the dragon in the pervious post. So I decided to try a new way.
Need: Coffee filter paper, food colouring or liquid watercolours (I only had food colouring but I think liquid watercolours would work better), peg, pipe cleaner, pipet (though could use spoon or brush).
I made the filter paper into a circle, then the children put small amounts of the food colouring onto the paper. We then allowed to dry and clipped at the centre with peg, wrapped around pipe cleaner and drew on eyes!
Very hungry caterpillar necklace
Need: Green pasta, beads, coloured card for face, glue, string, hole punch.
The children threaded the pasta and beads alternatively onto the string. We made the face using coloured card, sticking on eyes, mouth and antennae’s finally hole punched so it could be added to the string. Tie the string together and then it is ready to wear! I have had very hit and miss luck with dying pasta, some food colouring seems to work really well, others does not. This time I used paint with a tiny bit of PVA glue. Here is good guide to dying pasta.
I hope these inspire you! I have put a folder in our pinterest of even more ideas!
Happy making! xxx