5 May 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar project (and caterpillar/butterfly links)

This year we've been making a spring project book which includes spring stories, gardening, weather and nature study, as well as other spring projects.

One of our favourite spring books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and we decided to do a project based on the book.

We played games,

we made a butterfly collage using Roses chocolate wrappers,

we used a page from an old copy of the book to make a clothes peg butterfly, inspired by Smiling like Sunshine,

and we cut up the rest of the old book to make more homemade bunting for the play house.

We've also been watching videos and reading about caterpillars and butterflies,

Usborne First Book of Nature by Rosamund Kidman Cox, Barbara Cork and Ruth Thomson

Lifecycle of the Holly Blue butterfly on the cemetery noticeboard

and we found a fun caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly game on Boowa & Kwala.

Official Eric Carle Web Site

Caterpillar and Butterfly links from the Spring Carnival:

Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft at Mama Smiles
Bursting the cocoon! Caterpillar Fun at Science Sparks
Bright butterfly window decorations at Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Butterfly Foot Prints at
Handprint Butterflies at LLM Calling
Clothespin Butterfly at Smiling like Sunshine
Stained Glass Butterflies at Mama of Many Blessings
Lots of Butterfly Work at Mama of Many Blessings
Butterflies and Books at  Doodles and Jots

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If you have a post about a spring project or any post with a spring theme, we'd love you to link up at our All Year Round Blog Carnival: Spring, which is open for new links until 14th May.


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  1. what a great bunch of resources. wow. great crafty goodness as well!

  2. I love the bunting! What a great idea!

  3. Great projects! Thanks for sharing with Look What We Did.

  4. Very cute! Love the bunting idea!

  5. Thanks for the mention! This is a great resources!!!

  6. Great ideas, I love the idea of using old favourite books to make bunting. We might make some Gruffalo bunting!

  7. What a fun bunch of projects, I love the idea of making a bunting out of an old book, what a fun idea!

  8. AnonymousMay 11, 2012

    I love that book it's one of my favourites - and you have really brought it to life.

  9. Oh my goodness this is awesome!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link these up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. It is just our 2nd week. Your blog is cute and we can't wait to look around some more! I love the name of your blog!

    Thank you!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  10. Great ideas! I love the bunting made from the book pages! Thanks for linking up with Weekly Kid's Co-Op and sharing your ideas!

  11. That is a lovely set of ideas! Did you see our hungry caterpillars on science sparks? Great fun and thanks you for sharing on family frolics!

  12. Ooh how wonderful. We just completed a butterfly craft too - after having watched our caterpillars turn into butterflies. But your post is really fabulous and so comprehensive (much more so than mine!!! only going up in 3 weeks - so don't go looking for it yet ;-))

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  13. Wow what great resources, I absolutely love the butterflies made with chocolate wrappers they are so colorful!! Thanks so much for sharing our Butterfly work and our Stained Glass Butterflies! Hopping you have a wonderful week!!

    Mama Of Many Blessings

  14. I love the idea of using an old book to make butterflies from. That is such a clever idea!

    Thanks for sharing on Science Sparks