Sunday, April 10, 2011

Butterfly Life Cycle Puppets Craft for Kids Inspired by Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" : Project #79

Butterfly Life Cycle Puppets Craft for Kids Inspired by Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
Preschool Crafts for Kids of all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up   
Butterfly Life Cycle Puppets
This project is built on the Butterfly Life Cycle Sponge Painting. To do this craft first complete the sponge painting. The only difference is to use a thicker paper like watercolor paper or a sheet of foam paper. Once your sponge painting is dry, continue here:  

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 15 Minutes plus drying time (if you use glue)
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What To Do:
  1. Cut out each step of the butterfly life cycle painting: egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly. We left a small border around each because we thought it looked nice :)
  2. Use double sided tape or glue to attach each to a craft stick (larger) or popsicle stick (smaller).




  3. On the butterfly we twisted 2 pipe cleaners together to make the body, leaving a little untwisted at the top for the antennae. We used double sided tape to attach it to the butterfly.
  4. Let dry completely if you used glue.
  5. ENJOY! You're done! Put on a puppet show recapping "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or make up your own adventure!
    Butterfly Life Cycle Puppets

Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us !  

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:

Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!
 
For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
 
Puppets are terrific to play with for children with Autism and children with speech/language delays. Children with special needs will have great fun exploring their imagination, trying out different voices, and handling the puppets they made! Puppets allow children to explore role playing and pretend play while using small motor skills, learning new vocabulary words and language skills. Encourages social skills too!
 
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project. He can do his own cutting and also add the name of the life cycle step to the stick:
  1. egg
  2. caterpillar (or larva) 
  3. pupa (or chrysalis or cocoon)
  4. butterfly (or adult)
FEATURED BOOK
This kids craft project was inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" By Eric Carle. This beloved book, originally published in 1969, is an all-time favorite across the world! The story not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more! Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun. Your child will love it!

 
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Get children moving with these ready-for-fun play tunnels. Made of durable materials and bursting with colorful character art, these tunnels set up quickly for play time and fold up easily for convenient storage. Fun for indoor or backyard activity! Part of the Sunny Patch Collection of toys.

ACTIVITY 1:

Check out this FREE Caterpillar Printable from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

ACTIVITY 3:

Find some butterflies! Go out in your yard or to a park and look for butterflies. Where do you tend to see them?

ACTIVITY 4:
Learn about butterflies at KidsConnect.com - a kid-safe internet gateway!


ABOUT ERIC CARLE

Related Links:
3oo Crafts for Kids

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Insect Toys
Sunny Patch Spring Toys
Sunny Patch Outdoor Toys

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