Great ideas for Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for kindergarten and early elementary school aged children. Books, activities, and craft ideas! This post contains affiliate links, from which I make a small commission if purchases are made.
For the first week of school, we did a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme. The kids love the book, and had fun doing activities related to the book!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities:
I read the book to the kids on the first day of school, but then we also watched this fun YouTube video, which animates the story for the kids:
Then, we made our own paper caterpillars. I had cut green cardstock circles the night before. I had each student write their name on the board, and we counted the amount of letters in each student’s name. Once we did that, they got that amount of circles. Once the students had the correct amount of circles, they wrote their name on the circles – one letter per circle. Here’s how mine looked:
For confidentiality reasons, I had to blur out their names, but here’s a few that my students made:
I had them all put an extra circle on the end for their caterpillar face. They’re a super cute new decoration for our bulletin board!
The next day, we made these cute caterpillars out of egg cartons:
Each student got a section of egg carton (I cut them) and they painted them green. We let them dry overnight, and the next day we finished them. They each painted 2 black eyes on the front, and got to pick a color for their antennas. If you’re careful enough, you can gently push the pipe cleaners right into the cartons without bending the pipe cleaners. They look so cute together!
I also made up a caterpillar number book, which I don’t have a picture of. I had the kids cut the pages of the book, and it had a number from 1-10 with a different fruit on the bottom (ex. “3 strawberries”). Each student had to then make a picture to match the text.
Here’s some other fun ideas I’ve seen online for The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Any other fun ideas for this theme? Is it one of your favorite kids books too? Remember – let me know if you want me to e-mail the fruit counting book activity – just leave a comment with your e-mail address!
If you like these ideas, you’ll love this simple kids activity for The Rainbow Fish book!