Celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day With These 15 Easy Activities

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Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally published over 50 years ago! And did you know that there is a special day dedicated to this favorite book? March 20 is known as Very Hungry Caterpillar Day around the world. Looking for fun ways to celebrate? Check out these favorite The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities.

1. Caterpillar Necklace

caterpillar necklace made from pasta noodles, paper discs and yarn

Source: Hands On As We Grow

This caterpillar necklace is a fantastic way to get kids’ imaginations going and support fine motor skills. This simple activity involves threading dyed penne noodles and paper discs cut from construction paper onto a piece of yarn. Tie off the ends, and your kids will have a fancy necklace to share with their family.

2. Tissue Paper Butterflies

Colorful butterflies made from construction paper and cut squares of tissue paper

Source: Preschool Play

This colorful craft is as fun as it is pretty! Children tear squares from thick sheets of tissue paper and glue them onto a pre-cut card stock butterfly.

3. Caterpillar Headband

Children's headband made from construction paper- red for the band, purple for the antennae and green and yellow for the eyes

Source: Lisa’s Libraryland

After reading the story, make these fun caterpillar headbands out of colored construction paper and have a fun parade around the classroom!

4. Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg carton caterpillars in front of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book

Source: Two Pink Peonies

No activity roundup for The Very Hungry Caterpillar would be complete without the classic egg carton caterpillar. Yes, it’s been done before, but it’s one of those memorable activities (and keepsakes) that every kid loves.

5. Paper Plate Caterpillar

Classroom craft of a very hungry caterpillar made from paper plates with each day labelled and filled with the food the caterpillar ate in the story.

Source: Learning Through Play

This activity helps students engage with the story, learn the days of the week, practice their counting skills, and learn about healthy eating!

6. Caterpillar Letter Sort

Letter sort activity made from index cards and round green stickers with letters printed on them

Source: Growing Book by Book

Being able to recognize the similarities and differences between letters is an important skill for early readers and writers. With this fun activity, kids build caterpillars letter by letter by sorting them into curves and straights.

7. Clothespin Story Retelling

A story retelling tool for the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar made from a paper caterpillar body and head with clothespins with pictures of different food attached to it

Source: School Time Snippets

This activity is a fun way to work on another important literacy skill—sequencing. After reading the story together, students can retell it in order by clipping the story sequence circles (download here) onto the caterpillar body.

8. Caterpillar Word Puzzles

A word puzzle for students made from a drawing of a caterpillar cut into vertical strips. Each strip has a different letter of the word 'caterpillar' printed on it.

Source: Playdough to Plato

These simple, colorful word puzzles are a novel way to practice letter sounds, shape recognition, word building, and fine motor skills. Download templates here.

9. Fine Motor Activity

A child's hands punch holes into construction paper shapes on a background of black and white stripes

Source: Modern Preschool

Speaking of fine motor skills, kids will love this activity. They will chomp and munch through the fruit shapes using a caterpillar hole punch. Have them retell the story as they munch so you can check for comprehension.

10. Grassy Caterpillar

A caterpillar craft made from segments of dirt and grass with googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae

Source: Toys in the Dryer

Get your hands dirty and give a little nature lesson while celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This blog gives you step-by-step directions (scroll down to Thursday’s entry) for creating your own project.

11. Caterpillar Pop-up Book

A caterpillar craft made from rings of construction paper connected together sitting on top of a leaf made from green tissue paper squares

Source: Mrs. T’s First Grade Class

This adorable book features a little caterpillar lying on a leaf on the cover, his cozy cocoon on the back, and the butterfly he becomes in the middle. Hang these books from your classroom ceiling for a colorful display.

12. Storytelling Basket

A basket filled with a plush caterpillar and items of toy food with the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar in front

Source: The Imagination Tree

Use this fun basket when reading the story with your class, then have it available afterward for kids to enjoy in a choice center. Include the book, a caterpillar, a butterfly, and plastic foods for the caterpillar to munch on.

13. Caterpillar Fingerprint Counting

A worksheet showing caterpillars made from fingertips dipped in paint

Source: Totschooling

Looking for a fun caterpillar activity that combines art and math? These free fingerprint counting printables make learning number sense fun while giving your kids a chance to get their hands messy. Also, check out Totschooling’s free dot-paint packet, which includes tons of activities to help kids work on fine motor skills, counting skills, prereading and prewriting skills, and more.

14. Hungry Caterpillar Bug Jars

Hungry caterpillar bug jars made from empty jars, pom poms, googly eyes and pipe cleaners

Source: Olives Originals

Use pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes to create these adorable caterpillars. Cut out some fresh green leaves, pop them in a mason jar, and give your students their very own lovable pet.

15. Classroom Caterpillar

A caterpillar craft made from ten sheets of card stock, one for the head and 9 for the body

Source: The Educators’ Spin On It

Have each student paint a green circle on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white card stock. If you have time to take and print photos of each child, have them glue their photo inside of their circle. If not, ask each student to draw a self-portrait. Join the children’s pages together with staples or tape and add the caterpillar’s head (see photo for sample). Hang your class caterpillar in the hall outside your classroom or on your door to share with your school.

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