We made caterpillars in preschool

There are some activities that just look like fun and this caterpillar painting activity is one of my favorites….

The teachers set out bright colors of paint, some plastic cups, and some plastic forks. The children used the plastic forks to scratch some green grass on their paper…

We had all kinds of green grass going on…

To add the caterpillars, the children dipped the plastic cups in different colors of paint and made circle prints on their paper…

Some children chose to use only one color of paint for their caterpillar circles….

Other children preferred to use lots of different colors of paint for their caterpillar circles…

Some children added their grass first and others added their grass after they finished their caterpillars…

Some children connected their circles and others left a little space between each circle…

This child went over the circles more than one time…

While the children were making their caterpillars, I heard lots of laughing and talking going on.  I also saw the children sharing paint, taking turns, and even telling each other how to make a caterpillar:)

To go along with this wonderful and colorful caterpillar activity, the children listened to the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

And they talked about the life cycle of a caterpillar while the teacher drew some simple illustrations for the children to see…

Tomorrow after the paint dries, the children will draw their own faces, legs, and antennae…

What a fun caterpillar day!

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By |2011-05-12T22:38:50+00:00May 12th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Roopa May 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of using fork to paint grass!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 13, 2011 at 7:00 am - Reply

      So do I:)

  2. Andrea May 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I love the fork grass!

    We used circle cutouts to make caterpillars when we did the life cycle of the butterfly. I found it so interesting to watch how the kids used their circles – some used the circles to make the actual caterpillar, some drew their caterpillar and used the circles as the sun and other accents. And then some glued their circles all randomly over their paper and connected them later when they drew on legs and antennae. I love watching my preschoolers create!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      I love the fork grass too:) It sounds like your activity was a very similar activity to this one!

  3. [email protected] May 13, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    What a cute idea. Looks like a ton of fun. I love art that goes along with books!

  4. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 14, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

    So do I Laura:)

  5. Esther May 17, 2011 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I love the fork grass and the circle caterpillar

    We read hungry caterpillar book and made life cycle of the butterfly paintings. We made egg carton prints to create the caterpillars and Butterfly.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Egg carton prints is an excellent idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

  6. Momma C May 18, 2011 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Love this idea!

    I have added a link to it on the 3 Year ABC Jesus Loves Me Curriculum – Week 12 – for our Book of the Week for Hungry Caterpillar. I also have blogged about this at https://www.OurOutofSyncLife.blogspot.com

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Yay! I am glad you liked it enough to add a link to your curriculum! How wonderful!

  7. sangita sharma July 13, 2011 at 1:09 am - Reply

    very innovative!!!!!

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