Very Hungry Caterpillar Week

Your caterpillars should have arrived by now. Take the time to set up the habitat and closely observe them. Draw your observations daily in your nature journal.

Monday: Visit the library and see what Eric Carle resources they have.  Use these worksheets to keep up with the summer reading and writing : . My little scientists love graphing and could do it over and over again. Try to use real strawberries,etc.  Use the food for your picnic on Wednesday.  You will need at least

  • 1 apple
  • 2 pear
  • 3 plums
  • 4 strawberries
  • 5 oranges
  • 1 piece of chocolate cake
  • 1 ice cream cone
  • 1 pickle
  • 1 slice of Swiss cheese
  • 1 slice of salami
  • 1 lollipop
  • 1 piece of cherry pie
  • 1 sausage
  • 1 cupcake
  • 1 slice of watermelon
  • 1 green leaf

This is a great opportunity to talk about nutrition and for everyone to see/feel how eating right v. overindulging makes them feel.

Tuesday:  Visit the art musuem.   The Birmingham Museum of Art has IMG_2673several resources directly pertaining to Eric Carle’s books.  This picture is The Caterpillar himself being attacked by a shark and a T-Rex, obviously. See if you can find art featuring  caterpillars, butterflies or fruit.  Discuss how fruit was often used to symbolize the sweetness and richness of life, and decaying fruit to symbolize the shortness of life.

Wednesday: Have a Very Hungry Caterpillar picnic at a park. Even better, potluck it with some friends and have everyone bring an item featured in the book.

Thursday: Practice painting Carle-style. Tissue paper collages will produce interesting effects. Make a caterpillar from an egg carton. You probably know this already, but I figured it out the hard way- paint sticks to the cardboard kind way better than the styrofoam kind. Paint rocks to look like caterpillars.

Friday: Visit the zoo and check out the Butterfly Gardens. Practice moving like a caterpillar and a butterfly in the pool.

Saturday: Family fun day. Go for a hike and see if you can spot caterpillars or butterflies.

Have fun this week!

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