This week we are learning about caterpillars and the butterfly Life Cycle, so of course I had to bring out one of my favorite books by one of my favorite children authors, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have read the book about ten times this week already and it’s only Wednesday.
It is Wednesday, right?
- White card stock or construction paper
- Sponges cut into circles
- Paint (red, green, purple, yellow, brown)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book to read of course
This past weekend we headed to the Farmers Market to pick up our yearly caterpillars, but this year we actually get to learn a bit more about them. As you can see on the right, we have our very own Very Hungry Caterpillar! When we brought them home on Saturday they were teeny tiny! Today will be the second time that we change their leaves. The girls were a little worried that they would get a tummy ache, in fact they believed that’s why the one on the left was sleeping.
Starting with the red color for the caterpillars head and then the green paint for the caterpillars body, Kaelyn dipped her round sponges into the paint and printed circles on her white card stock paper. I had a sample that she was looking at that I had made years before in the classroom and found in my educational filing cabinet 🙂
For the eyes and nose Kaelyn wanted to use small pieces of the sponge to dip in the yellow and purple paint. I suggested her finger, but she clearly stated that she no longer wished to get dirty! Um, oookay then! So, to make my little artist happy, I cut out teeny tiny little round pieces of sponge 🙂
To finish off the eyes she dripped green paint over the yellow paint.
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Have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar?