A Recycled Hungry Caterpillar

A Recycled Hungry Caterpillar

My little one is turning 1 year old and I wanted a teaching tool to use to begin teaching her the alphabet. I wanted it to also be relatable. She has an Eric Carle book that she adores. I decided to create a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" for her to manipulate while I explain that the letter "A" is for "Apple" and caterpillars eat "Apples." This of course can be used to create with a child or for however you see fit! It is however a fantastic read!

Ages:
2 - 6
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. cardboard box (1) - I used a HUGGIES box with the dimensions 7.7 x 6.7 in.
  2. paint and paintbrushes - Primary colors, black
  3. scissors (1) - Heavy duty for cutting carboard
  4. painter's tape - Optional
  1. I first tracked down an empty diaper box, some paint, paintbrushes, and scissors.

  2. After first reducing the box, I cut one side through so that it lied flat.

  3. Now, in front of you are four "connected squares." The first square will serve as the caterpillar's head, and the remaining three as the body. The flaps of the box will serve as the legs, and for the head, as the antennae. Paint all parts accordingly. (Note: if you prefer a less messier craft, construction paper or felt would be perfect substitues.)

  4. The caterpillar is now finished (after allowing adequate drying time.) You can optionally use the caterpillar as a relatable teaching tool. I personally continued with the left over pieces of cardboard to create the letter A and an Apple as shown above.