Spring has been playing hide and seek with us this past month. I have been seeking, but not finding it. I finally forfeited the game and decided to bring a bit of Spring to us. This was much easier than relying on Mother Nature and it didn't take long to get excited about new plants and the promise of nicer days. The children really enjoyed this activity- they even named their little critters!
These "hungry caterpillars" are simple and provide a high entertainment value for the preschool crowd. I read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and we talked about the life cycle of a butterfly. If you look closely, you can see the boys included eggs on their leaves! We even shared a discussion about the anatomy of a leaf. You can make this craft simple or expand on several biology concepts. Just remember to have fun!
- construction paper cut into thin strips
- construction paper cut into leaf shapes
- pipe cleaners
- markers or crayons
- stapler or tape
- Color your leaf and add a stem, primary vein, and lateral veins if you desire.
- Decorate the strips and design your caterpillars.
- Insert the pipe cleaners for antennae.
- Roll the end over to create a round face. Attach with a staple or piece of tape.
- Draw a face for your new friend.
- Attach the body to your leaf. Start at the head and secure it to the leaf using a stapler or piece of tape.
- Gently lift the body and create a small mound. Secure that section to the leaf.
- Finally, you have created your own friend!