A new week, means a new topic. Teddy’s number one book is: the Very Hungry Caterpillar so I thought it was time to do a week on this! We had a lot of fun, probably the best themed week yet. Below are six caterpillar themed activities you could do with your monsters.
1. Buy and observe real caterpillars
Insectlore is a website where you can actually order caterpillars online to be delivered to your doorstep! I bought a kit which included the livestock, butterfly house and food. I’ve done this at school in the past as well and it is a great activity for kids of a variety of ages. You watch the caterpillars grow, form into chrysalises and eventually transform into butterflies. Ours are currently tiny, fluffy caterpillars.
2. Grow your own cress caterpillar
You will need:
– An egg box
– Cress seeds
– Cotton wool balls
– Decorative bits to turn your egg box into a caterpillar
What we did:
– First I cut the egg box in half, and we decorated it to make a caterpillar. I had some foam circles so we added eyes and a nose and feelers.
– Next we popped moist cotton wool balls into each egg hole and added seeds.
– Now to watch them grow.
3. Caterpillar pom pom drop
I was lazy with this activity and printed off a hungry caterpillar image. I stuck it to a cereal box, punched through some holes in and gave Teddy a bowl of pom poms. He loved it and spent ages posting pom poms through the holes.
4. Feed the caterpillar
Another easy activity. I drew the foods the caterpillar eats in the story, laminated them and cut them out. I then stuck an image of the caterpillar’s face onto an old formula box and cut a hole for a mouth. Another post activity!
5. Food drop
This was a spur of the moment activity, when it was too rainy to go to the park. You will need a bucket, an image of a caterpillar and a lot of plastic food. I hid the food in obvious places around the house and got Teddy to find it and throw it into the bucket to feed the caterpillar. This game got very exciting with lots of running, squealing. One you can do again and again.
6. Butterfly feet
Paint your monster’s feet and print on paper. Turn into butterflies!
I hope you can have as much fun as we did with these activities!