CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR STORY BLOCKS
WITH "I CAN" CARDS

Children can make a caterpillar (and when they turn the caterpillar around they will see a butterfly) or the can retell the story. They can also tell the life cycle of a butterfly. I really enoyed making these blocks and "I Can" cards.


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SENSORY


Colored rice with butterfly erasers and some scoops. So much fun!


VERY BUSY PLAYDOH CENTER

These bug playdoh stampers came from Lakeshore - I got them as a door prize at a conference.


We released butterflies and yet they loved to stay around and landed on our clothes, fingers, and shoes.

SCIENCE

LIFE CYCLES

I got these from Lakeshore. A set for caterpillars, plants, and frogs.


We have caterpillars growing in our science center.


The caterpillars are making cocoons. The one in front is just making his - the others are complete.

The number for the butterflies is 1-800-live-bug.


LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY

Life Cycle of a Butterfly


Mrs. N (my co-teacher) found a cocoon on her tree at home and it hatched a monarch butterfly!

ART


We worked on our large class project - a very hungry caterpillar. Each child glued tissue on a plate. Then they all were put together on our wall to make a long caterpillar.


Just a part of our very hungry caterpillar.


WEEK LONG CATERPILLAR, COCOON, AND BUTTERFLIES ART


On day one we made caterpillars. Materials: clothespins and green pom poms. Glue the pom poms on the clothespin and draw a couple of eyes on the end.


A couple of days after making our pompom caterpillars we made cocoons by covering a toilet paper roll with white yarn. We then placed our caterpillars inside the cocoons. their cocoons are much more covered with yarn than this picture shows. This pic was taken before they were finished.


A few days after making the cocoon we used a coffee filter and covered it with bingo dauber dots, then sprayed the coffee filter with water to have the colors blend. After school I put the coffee filters into the clothespin and placed the caterpillars (now butterflies) back into the cocoons. The next day I ask the kids to check on their caterpillars - they were thrilled to find them changed!!

Butterfly Cuff Wings (or Power Arm Bands as my boys call them)


Materials

2 toilet paper rolls per child
Spring colored crepe paper or even better- surveyor's tape which can be purchased at Home Depot. Surveyors tape is stronger than crepe paper but flows just as freely, and green paint.
Self adhesive bling
Gold pipe cleaner
Scotch tape
Hole punch

How to make:
Child paints both toilet paper rolls green. When dry cut a slit the length of the toilet paper roll. Children work in pairs - one holds open the painted roll while the other scotch tapes or glues the streamers inside. Punch 2 holes in top and slip the gold pipe cleaner through. Twist to look like antennae. Add some sticker bling. Slip cuffs on wrists and fly around room.

RETELLING PROPS FOR VHC

  
Retelling Very Hungry Caterpillar using a sock that is colored to look like a caterpillar on one side. Children place food on sock (caterpillar) in chronological order (food has hook side Velcro on back so it sticks to sock). When all food placed on sock it is turned inside out to reveal a butterfly!



Prop used for retelling. The caterpillar is attached to a stick. On the other side is the butterfly. The food has holes in the center which slip over the caterpillar. After the caterpillar eats the leaf flip the stick over to show the butterfly.


MENTOS GUM CONTAINER - NOW A CATERPILLAR!

I love Mentos gum so I painted a white container green, added some googly eyes and hot glued on an antennae. Kids feed the pics of the food to the caterpillar in order.

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SEQUENCING STAND

FREE download with instructions and patterns to make sequencing cards to place in a stand or lay on floor.

MATH


Patterning work that goes perfectly with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I don't remember where I got these patterns but I printed them on envelops and put the pieces inside the envelope. The child completes the pattern on the top and then makes one of own on bottom.

CENTERS

MAKE A CATERPILLAR

Simple materials: black pipe cleaners and foam rollers (another Dollar Tree find!)


Children choose a roller and twist black pipe cleaners around it to make the legs. When finished they untwist pipe cleaners and place black pipe cleaners back into bowl for next child. I leave this center out for about two weeks to a month and at the end of the center I add a green pipe cleaner and black marker. I let the kids make a caterpillar to take home.


MAKE A CATERPILLAR 2

Materials: Green foam circles, one red foam circle, gold pipe cleaner, and a small slinky (another Dollar Tree find!) I programmed the red foam circle to look like the caterpillar from Very Hungry Caterpillar and added the gold pipe for antennae.


Children slide the red face first and then as many green circles into the slinky as desired. Great fine motor skills exercise.

GAMES

HUNGRY CATERPIILAR TOSS

This game came from a bean bag toss game we have had forever but have lost all the part. I thought it was perfect for my caterpillar face. I printed this caterpillar head out of red construction paper, added construction paper eyes and antennae. Bought some new bean bags and viola! Fun!!


PIN THE CATERPILLAR ON THE APPLE STEM

You can see I printed the apple out of 4 pieces of construction paper and taped them together to make a large apple. I printed the caterpillars, laminated and added some ticky tac to back.

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