Tuesday, July 26, 2011

{ Get Your Kiddos Crafting - The Hungry Caterpillar }

Looking for something fun to do with your old egg cartons? Here's a fun idea, make a Hungry Caterpillar. Phoebe loves The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, so she was thrilled with the idea of making her own.

Depending on the attention span and artistic prowess of your kiddo this project could be as quick as a few minutes or take an hour, but no matter how much time they spend making their new little friend he'll give them hours of companionship. So let's get started, here's what you'll need:

an egg carton, knife or scissors, glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and markers to decorate.

The older your kid, or the more willing you are to clean up, the more intense the decorating can get; you could paint, use glitter, mod podge, stickers... really the options are endless. Phoebe thinks that markers are a special treat right now, and I wasn't willing to clean up paint the evening we made our caterpillar, so we decorated with markers.

When you have all of your supplies gathered, cut the egg carton into little caterpillars. I got four caterpillars out of my 18 count egg carton (the last rows on the ends don't have two sets of legs). I used a knife to make my cuts.

Next, let your kiddo go nuts decorating their caterpillar. This lasted for about 5 minutes for us.

Now, depending on the age of your artist, you may need to do the next parts yourself, with the help of your artist or your artist may be able to do it herself. My artist assisted me in the following steps.

Once the caterpillar was decorated, we twisted two pipe cleaners into antennae. I didn't have a hole puncher, which would be ideal, so I poked holes for our caterpillars antennae with a knife and inserted the pipe cleaners. If you have a hole puncher this will be a great lacing task for your toddler, I used a knife so I had to lace the antennae myself.

Next, I applied glue where the eyes would go and Phoebe placed the eyes on the glue.

Finally, we got to the hardest part of the craft... waiting for it to dry! Phoebe was very excited to play with her new friend and to show him to her grandmas.

We hope that you and your kiddos have fun making your Hungry Caterpillars and playing with them too.

What are some household items you've re-used for fun with your kiddos? What did you make?

1 comment:

julie chrisope said...

I made these with my pre-school class at REALITY, they loved it! I had them paint them which made a huge mess but whatever, they had fun and that's what's important!

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