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Adorable Ten Little Caterpillars Crafts You Should Make

Ten Little Caterpillars
By Bill Martin

In the children’s book Ten Little Caterpillars, we follow the adventures of ten little caterpillars working their way through foliage while on the journey to become butterflies. Give this fun story about caterpillars and their transformations a read with your child, then consider these following enrichment activities to keep the learning going long after the story is over.

 

ten little caterpillars

Start by grabbing Ten Little Caterpillars on Amazon or from your local bookstore, then give these following book based crafts and activities a try!

 

ten little caterpillars

 

Activity #1
Felt Caterpillars Craft

Make your own little felt caterpillars to use as either bookmarks or puppets. This fun craft is a great way to make your own caterpillars, just like the ones you saw in the story.

Supplies needed:

  • assorted colors of craft felt
  • scissors
  • craft glue

Directions:
1. Begin by creating the body of the caterpillar. To do this, simply cut out a squiggle shape using your craft felt, anywhere from 2-4 inches in length.
2. Next, create the eyes of your caterpillars. To do this, cut out one medium circle from the felt, and a smaller circle in an alternate color. Add a dab of glue to the smaller circle and place it on the larger to create the eye.
3. You can now add the eye to the caterpillar body. Simply apply a dab of glue on the back of the circle and press it to the head of the caterpillar.
4. Your felt caterpillar is now complete. Now repeat these steps, using another assortment of craft felt colors. It is nice to have a collection of at least 3-5 caterpillars to enjoy along with your book.

 

ten little caterpillars

ten little caterpillars

 

Activity #2
Caterpillar Fact Book

Create your own mini caterpillar fact book, perfect for storing your caterpillar facts and adding in new facts as you learn them.

Supplies needed:

  • notecards
  • markers or crayons
  • pencil
  • stapler

Directions:

1. Begin by brainstorming what you have learned so far about caterpillars. Take the information you have learned from the book along with information you may have learned in the past.
2. Take your pencil and write your facts on the notecards, adding 1 fact per card.
3. On the back side of the card, you can use your markers or crayons to draw a picture of the fact to help illustrate it.
4. Once you have collected 7-10 facts, assemble your notecards. Add a few blank notecards at the very bottom/back of the stack. This is where you can add more facts as you learn them.
5. Staple the book along the left side of the stack. This will give your notecards a book like look and feel.
6. Your caterpillar book is now assembled and can be added to as needed!

Activity #3
Clothespin Butterflies

In the story, we learn that caterpillars eat and eat until they transform into butterflies. Make your own beautiful butterflies using a few basic household supplies. Here is how you can get started!

Supplies needed:

  • clothespins
  • coffee filters (white)
  • markers or watercolor paint
  • paint brush

Directions:

1. Begin by decorating the wings of the butterflies. To do this, simply brush watercolors on the coffee filters and allow them to dry. If you wish for a method that is less messy, then you can use markers to color the coffee filter.
2. Once the coffee filter is colored and dry, pinch it in the center of the filter.
3. Take a clothespin and pinch the center of the coffee filter. Make sure it is evenly centered. Gently fluff the wings of the butterfly.
4. You can now add optional googly eyes or a marker made face to the butterfly. Display when done.

Are you ready to learn all about caterpillars? Give the book Ten Little Caterpillars a try and see how much fun this text can be!

Looking for more hands-on activities like this for early learners? Check out our preschool activity pack!

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