Project Title: The Hungry Caterpillar
Description: Read the Hungry Caterpillar and have the children create their own beautiful butterfly out of fabric.
Grade level or Targeted Age Range: Preschool to early elementary
Historical Art Examples or References: N/A
Vocabulary: cocoon, symmetry, nibble, caterpillar, butterfly, moon
Materials: Large paper, glue, variety of fabric cutouts (size and shapes), scissors, The Hungry Caterpillar Book By Eric Carle, The Hungry Caterpillar Puppet
Anticipatory Set: Engage students into the story by having them make predictions and answer questions
Demo / Directions:
- Introduce story with puppet
- Read story while asking questions below
- Then have 6-8 children sit together to work on the butterfly.
- Place the various fabric samples on the table so the children can choose the color and designs they desire.
- Place glue all over butterfly
- Then begin by placing fabric on butterfly
- While doing it make sure the children are keeping symmetry by saying John placed a blue square here so where does that blue square have to go to be on the opposite side of it
- What do you think the egg is going to turn into?
- He is a hungry caterpillar what do you think he is looking for?
- What would you eat on Monday?
- How many pears did he eat on Tuesday? Show me with your fingers.
- On Wednesday what color are the plums?
- How many strawberries did he eat on Thursday?Show me with your fingers.
- On Friday he was still hungry what do you think he is going to do?
- After he ate all that food do you think hes a big fat caterpillar or a small caterpillar?
- What do you think this cocoon is going to turn into?
Instructional Reflection: I think the students being engaged in the book through the questions was very beneficial. I think creating a butterfly out of fabric was a great way for the students to learn about symmetry.