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Very Hungry Caterpillars Activities: Felt Story Board Kids Craft
A great kids craft for springtime or any time of year is a felt board that tells the story of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Every child loves this classic story, and Hungry Caterpillar activities can be a springboard for teaching about all sorts of subjects, from numbers and counting to health and nutrition to the life cycle of the butterfly.
For this kids craft you’ll need a large 12″x18″ sheet of felt in any background color you want, and felt in lots of colors for the pieces. You may want to make a cardboard template to make it easier for kids to trace and cut all the felt board pieces they need. They’ll need a caterpillar, an apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, five oranges, a slice of chocolate cake, an ice cream cone, a pickle, cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, a slice of watermelon, a leaf, a cocoon and a butterfly. (To make life easier you can use a pre-cut felt butterfly.) Have each child make one or two felt pieces so that together you’ll have a story board the whole class can use to tell the story for your Hungry Caterpillar activities. Finishing touches can be added with paint or with collage accessories like wiggle eyes.
When the kids craft is ready, let students come up to “act out” the story on the felt board as you read the book to the class, or let them re-tell the story from memory using the story board pieces as props. This versatile felt board can be brought out when you’re teaching about numbers and counting, about nutrition (do you think the caterpillar would get a tummy ache from eating four strawberries? What about from eating five oranges? What about all those foods he ate on Saturday?), about insects and life cycles and about sequencing. (What happened to the caterpillar after he ate all that food? What about after he built the cocoon?) This great kids craft can be used for all kinds of Hungry Caterpillar activities.
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