The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Topic: The Butterfly’s Lifecycle

Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

•Learn the lifecycle of a butterfly
•Learn what different stages of a butterfly’s life look like (egg, caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly)
•Practice counting
•Practice naming fruit


Supplies Needed
•Caterpillar with working mouth
•Fruit from book
•Pictures of the butterfly’s lifecycle
•Old fashioned clothespins
•Coffee filters
•White school glue


Isaiah's butterfly

Large Group Activities
•Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar
•Show pictures of the butterfly’s lifecycle, talking about each stage and the changes that occur
•Hand out cut out fruit, one piece per student
•Reread book, allowing children to “feed” the caterpillar
•Place caterpillar in box (to serve as a cocoon) and have students count to ten
•Pull out (completed) coffee filter butterfly


My caterpillar

Table Time Activity
•Hand out clothespins and coffee filters
•Give the students plenty of time to color their filters however they like
•When students are finished coloring, help them put the filter into the clothespin, creating butterfly wings


Coloring his coffee filter


Very excited about the butterflies

**Note, ink will leak through the coffee filters. Either color the filters on top of paper or, for a fun sensory activity, have the students help clean up by playing with shaving cream. It removes ink from surfaces, so the kids get to play and clean up their mess at the same time.

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