The Book - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
How can I possibly do a caterpillar week without featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I honestly feel this may be the best children's story of all time. It has all the elements: counting, days of the week, colors, and grouping of like objects. On top of this it teaches the life cycle of a caterpillar and introduces young readers to the "coming of age" tale. Even turning the pages is a learning experience, as little hands watch the pages grow from little to big and feel the cut-out "bites" in each one.
As a preschooler, this was by far my favorite book. It was not (*gasp!*) a part of our own library, so I would drag my mother into the school whenever I could to show her this unique book with the holes in the pages. Now I get to share the book with my own daughters who also adore Carle's simple story and colorful illustrations.
The Craft - A Sock Caterpillar
Isn't he cute? And so easy to make! Here's how...
What you'll need:
- 1 sock
Use an orphaned sock or one whose partner is too holey.
- embroidery thread or yarn
- 1 pipe cleaner
- 2 buttons
- Stuff your sock with the fiberfill, working it around the heel so it looks like a sausage instead of a foot. (This part is fun for the kids to help with.)
- Tie the end closed with some embroidery thread.
- Tie off segments of the sock with the embroidery thread, starting at the heel to conceal it. I found tying the thread once and then wrapping it around again and double knotting worked the best.
- Sew two buttons for the eyes.
- Push a pipe cleaner through the head and twist around a pencil to create the antennae. Make sure you fold over the ends of the pipe cleaner so they are not pointy.
- Hand over to your child to enjoy!