The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

My kids really like the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Here are a few fun hands-on activities that you can do with your kids!

Activity #1: Button Snake Caterpillar with Felt Food Pieces

To make the caterpillar, you need to sew two buttons onto a piece of ribbon.  My ribbon was WAY too long but I’m too lazy to make a different one.  Make yours shorter!  🙂

Then, using scrap pieces of felt, cut out the food that the caterpillar eats (one leaf, one apple, two pears, three plums, etc.).  Cut a slit into the felt food large enough for the button to slide through.

Now, read the story!

As you read, have your child find the correct food and slide it onto the caterpillar (pretend that the caterpillar is eating the food).

Activity #2: Felt Board Food and Pipe Cleaner Caterpillar

I printed off Very Hungry Caterpillar felt board pieces from here, colored them, and then laminated them.  I then punched holes in each piece so that the caterpillar (made out of pipe cleaner) can wiggle through it.

As you read the story, your child can use the pipe cleaner caterpillars to “eat” the food!

Okay, that’s it!  Lizzie and Bryce both enjoy these activities.  It’s good for Bryce because we can practice colors and counting in addition to working on his fine motor skills.

Whip up one of these activities for your kids and have some fun! 🙂


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