Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired Very Hungry Pom Pom Caterpillar: Crafts for Kids Project #76

Eric Carle Inspired Very Hungry Pom Pom Caterpillar
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Our Very Hungry Pom Pom Caterpillar!
The Very Hungry Pom Pom Caterpillar
Supplies Needed:
  • White Glue
  • Double Sided Tape
  • 5 Green Pom Poms
  • 1 Red Pom Pom
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Purple Construction Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Scissors
Time Needed:  
  • 20 Minutes plus drying time
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What To Do:
  1. Use white glue to glue together all green pom poms in a row with the red one at the front.
    HINT: If you have trouble getting them to stick together, set them all on a popsicle stick and glue them to it.
  2. Glue 2 googly eyes to the red pom pom face.
  3. Cut 2 small antennae from purple construction paper and attach to head with tape or glue.

  4. Cut 1 foot of yarn into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces.
  5. Place 2 pieces of double sided tape over the back of the caterpillar so that the top half is stuck together AND the bottom half is apart in an upside down V. Press down for it to hold. 
  6. Attach the yarn by pressing it against the top portion of the tape, aligned so each piece is upright + they are parallel to each other like fence posts (see image below).
  7. Attach the tape strip to the top of your caterpillar.
  8. Cut out 6 small circles for the feet, from your brown construction paper.
  9. Attach feet with tape or glue.
  10. Let dry completely.
  11. ENJOY! You're done!
    Our Kohl's Eric Carle Caterpillar: Now we have a Mommy & A Baby!


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.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.

For Older Children:
An older child will also enjoy this project. He may enjoy making a large construction paper leaf for his little caterpillar to live on.


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! 
FEATURED TOY:
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, and any other ideas that may be similar.    

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could not get the link to work for downloading the TOT learning pack. Looks like lots of cute stuff though
Danielle

GummyLump.com: wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

Here is the correct link: http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2009/03/very-hungry-caterpillar-tot-pack.html

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