Educational Activities for the very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle created a classic when he wrote, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” This beloved book is enjoyed by both teachers and students. The book is so much fun that it begs to be a part of the curriculum. With the right educational activities, it is easy to incorporate this delightful book into your reading program. Enjoy “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with your students as you employ these fun activities.

Caterpillar Detectives

Turn your children into detectives. Discuss where caterpillars live, where they would most likely be found. Take your children around the schoolyard. Give each child a magnifying lens, a clipboard and a bug hunt paper that you will find at Scholastic’s website. Have the kids fill out their paper if they are lucky enough to detect the presence of a caterpillar.

Movie Stars

Create a very hunger caterpillar star! Using Stop Motion Animation, Using clay, create scenery for the caterpillars and then create caterpillars out of balls of clay. If they must be held together, use wire so the caterpillar can bend. Make a movie showing the life cycle of the caterpillar.

Life Cycles

Use “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to teach the life cycle of a butterfly. Use the project describes at A to Z Teacher Stuff. You will need a variety of pasta shells, markers or glue. Have students write a sentence about each picture.

Counting on the Hungry Caterpillar

Draw a caterpillar using twenty-one circles. Add a face to the first circle. Make a copy for each student. Let them “count” on the caterpillar by writing the numbers one to twenty in order, placing one number in each circle. Make a model for the students using colorful circles and place it on the wall. 

Caterpillars Galore

Make a 3-D picture. Cut a piece of foam board in half for every two students. Trace the shape of flowers and leaves on the boards with water. Give students a half piece of foam board and markers. Let each child color in the picture on their foam board. When the ink have dried, children will glue small, colorful pompoms on to the stem or leaves. Add wiggly eyes on a pompom at one end of the caterpillar.

Make a magnetic caterpillar. Color one side of a clothespin green. Glue a magnet on to the other side. Using small pompoms, create a caterpillar climbing up the clothespin. When it is dry, it will stick to the refrigerator and hold notes.

Lunch will be more enjoyable when each child has his or her own “The Very, Hungry Caterpillar” place mat at lunch. Give each child a large piece of construction paper. Let them draw pictures of caterpillars, half-eaten leaves and butterflies. Cover the drawings with clear contact paper. Cut around the edges, leaving a small border and let them use it when they eat their snack. 

Butterfly Balloon

Make a butterfly from a balloon and tissue paper. Blow up a long balloon. Use a marker to make a face. Create wings from tissue paper and glue them on. Throw the butterfly into the air and it will even fly!