Tissue paper caterpillars

Your children will love this Eric Carle inspired activity!

In my previous post, I shared with you our activity to go with the book “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle and today, I want to share with you our tissue paper caterpillars that go very nicely with the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

About the Book

This is a fun book about a caterpillar who eats its way through all kinds of fruits and veggies…

Then is transformed into a beautiful butterfly…

Expanding on the Story

To extend our reading of this book, the children created tissue paper caterpillars. The table was all set up with cups of watered down glue, paint brushes, and red and green tissue paper ovals…

I left the book on the art table for inspiration so the children could refer to the illustrations on the book to see  how Eric Carle created his caterpillar…

The Creative Process

To make the caterpillars, the children brushed glue on their paper then placed the tissue paper on top of the glue.  Then the children brushed a second coat of glue on top of the tissue paper shapes…

If a shape started to fold over, I demonstrated how to add another piece of tissue paper on top of the folded piece and then use more glue again…

The children did a wonderful job with their caterpillars and after they were completed, we set them aside to dry overnight…

Adding Details

The next day, the children added a face, antennae and legs to their caterpillars…

Why we Love this Process

This was a terrific process for the children to explore and apply what they learned from the story. We love Eric Carle and the inspiration the story provided for our own colorful and unique caterpillar creations!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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