A Day of Learning inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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A day of learning inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book


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A Day of Learning inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Story Time

On this particular day I was woken up considerably early by my very eager little A who was clutching in his hand one of his favourite books “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” M snuggled up to join as I read the story to them for the hundredth time but I guess early morning hunger and pictures of yummy food got the better of M who declared he wanted to eat a cupcake too just like the hungry caterpillar! So capitalising on the teaching moment, and wanting to try out my new microwave muffin tray, I jumped up and said “lets go and make some breakfast cupcakes.”

“Cupcake” Baking

I’ll admit I am defiantly not the worlds best baker and had no idea how to use my new tray but we gave it a shot and managed to get some little “cupcakes” that although miss shaped due to an over flow issue, were rather tasty. The boys enjoyed helping me count the eggs we needed, M helped me to check the weight of the other ingredients and both of them took great delight in mixing and spooning the mixture into the tray!


Butterfly Folded Paintings

After breakfast we sat and done some big floor puzzles together and A decided to raid our Kid school cupboard and pulled out all the paper, paints and paint brushes. Since my brain was still on the story we had been reading this morning a light bulb moment struck Eric Carle inspired art anyone? Why not! So I set to teaching the boys how to makes some pretty symmetrical butterfly paintings and we talked about how butterfly’s have identical patterns on each side.

To do this I had the children paint on one half of the paper and then fold it over so that it printed on the other side. I then helped them to draw in little butterfly bodies and antennae. We stuck the pictures to card and M and I cut them out, poked holes in the top and threaded ribbon through them to hang them up!

**Warning to those of you attempting to do this in hot climates remember to get the children to use lots of paint otherwise it dries out too quickly before you print it to the other side. **

Butterfly Folded Paintings. A children’s activity inspired by Eric Carles book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Pom Pom Caterpillar Activity

So after clearing up the paints, throwing the kids in a bath and having some lunch M was still talking about caterpillars! Out of the corner of my eye I spotted the colourful tub of pom-poms . Aha Pom-Pom threading! Out came the blunt darning needle and yarn. I searched for all the red and green Pom-poms and told M to try and complete my pattern; ‘red, green, red, green’. He started off pretty well but decided he wanted to finish up with his own design. We ended up with this cool caterpillar!

Pom Pom caterpillar craft inspired by the reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” children’s picture book

If you want to give it ago these pom-poms are super cheap to pick up online we got ours here Coloured Pom Poms. If we had had some I totally would of had M add some googly eyes too!


but it didn’t end here… oh no…

Youtube Caterpillar Videos

Yup that’s right screen time! After making his pom pom caterpillar M went out to help his dad clean the company cars. When they returned we all had Dinner and the boys both declared it was TV time. So I opened up the laptop hit youtube and found this really awesome video of a Caterpillar Life Cycle presented by two amazing little boys. Even I learnt something new! Definitely worth watching!

Caterpillar Life Cycle Video

This was followed up with a little animation called Caterpillar Shoes. Which has a really cute rhyming story that we all really enjoyed.

and so we closed our day with ….

One last caterpillar story

The caterpillar that could picture book
The Caterpillar that Could (A Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Picture, Book Great for Bedtime Stories – Aged 3 – 8)
Then we all went to sleep.

Several hours later A woke up and was a little hungry so up next was one final caterpillar inspired snack….

One Slice Of Watermelon

A slice of watermelon. A snack inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpiller Picture Book



The End


Would your little one like to explore the life cycle of a butterfly? You can start off their butterfly explorations with this free Butterfly Life cycle Fact Sheet. It include simple explanations of the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle accompanied with brightly coloured illustrations. It would make a great front page for a Butterfly  Notebook too!




Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterfly life cycle fact sheet

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