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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

March is National Reading Month and we are teaming up with Parents, Settings and other lovely bloggers to show you how you can take your childrens favourite books and use them to inspire your play set ups. You can see all the stories we are covering through the month of march by visiting -


Play Inspired by Children's Books

Today we have Sarah and Tilly joining us. Together they are sharing all the fun they have been having with play set ups inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar! From collages to gross motor games - if this story is a favourite in your household/setting you wont want to miss out!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle shares the process of metamorphosis in a way that even the youngest of children can understand.
Through bright, bold illustrations the caterpillar sets off on his journey to become a butterfly. The story offers an opportunity for counting as he munches and crunches his way through lots of yummy food.
This classic story, suitable for all ages gives a great introduction to the names of the days of the week too. Little holes are set inside the pages, where the caterpillar has been busy eating. I am yet to read this story to a child who hasn't had the urge to explore the holes!
The story finishes with a stunning butterfly, with striking colours filling two pages!


Hi there...I'm Sarah a 43 year old Mummy who is enjoying every minute! I have a daughter Tilly who is 4 years old and we live in Marske, North Yorkshire. Tilly loves creating, making and baking and I love setting up lots of opportunities to do what she loves best. Tilly is growing up way to quickly. Come September, she will be going to full time school and I know that our creative times will slow down slightly. So we are doing as much as we can now!

Tilly loves creating masterpieces and has learnt a lot of confidence through using paints and other mark making crafts. We are also able to do these together which is something really rather special. It's lovely, quality one on one time which not only I treasure. but I know she does too!

National Reading Month is in March and we are very excited to share with you one of our favourite stories and show you how we have used it to inspire our play. We have picked out some lovely activities on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to share with you.  


All of our activities were enjoyed in a Tuff Tray. We use our Tuff Tray all the time and find it really useful for containing activities. There is a large space so plenty of room to accommodate resources. I lay out different coloured tiussue paper. I tried to stick to the books colour theme, and I set various activities out for Tilly to enjoy. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

One of the activities was to make caterpillars using pipe giant cleaners and pom poms. 
The pipe cleaners can be manipulated to mimic movements of a caterpillar.  Due to the stiff material of the pipe cleaners the pom poms should stick well without having to use any adhesive. However if you feel your little ones would prefer some glue make this available too.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

Another activity available in the tray was paper butterfly collages. You can use any craft materials for this such as coloured buttons, tissue paper, paint, sequins etc. This is a fantastic opportunity to include a counting activity or even colour recognition!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

Our third and final activity began by drawing and painting The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself! Tilly loves painting and she collected the book to have at the table beside her. Once the caterpillar had been painted and dried we headed off to the play kitchen to raid some 'toy food'.

We propped the head up and used it for a gross motor activity. The aim of the game was to throw the food and for it to land inside his mouth to gobble up! Yummy! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

We had so much fun using The Hungry Caterpillar story to inspire our play!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities


A big thank you to the lovely Sarah and Tilly for sharing with us these wonderful activities! I particularly love the game you created and must set about making this with my daughter who is also a big fan of this story!

Have you enjoyed activities inspired by this story? I would love to see what you have been getting up to! Come and share with us on our social media channels OR send me an email - amylouise867@gmail.com

Remember you can view the other stories created in this series here: 

Play Inspired by Children's Books

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