Saturday, September 26, 2009

Preschool Art - Hungry Caterpillar Sculptures

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

After reading one of the all time favorite children's books The Very Hungry Caterpilar by Eric Carle we decided to bring this little creature to life. We talked about what the caterpillar looked like and how he looked after he turned into a beautiful butterfly. Then we created our own. We painted recycled egg cartons a combination of greens, yellows and white. Then we used a large red pom pom for the head, attached googly eyes, button noses and antenna with glue and when our creatures dried we attached pipe cleaner legs.

They really came to life and developed a personality when the faces went on. The caterpillars are now a favorite play toy to accompany the much loved and much read book as well as a piece of artwork that they can be proud of making.

To reinforce the theme of the book we also created butterflies. We first cut out a simple butterfly shape. With watered down glue we attached little torn bits of tissue paper to our butterfly, then attached the antenna. Then our beautiful butterflies were ready to take flight.

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