Eggs and Caterpillars

31 May

Yesterday, I found three empty egg cartons on my counter, patiently waiting for the soil and seeds that I never gave them. I had big plans for these molded pieces of cardboard, usually destined for the recycling bin. They were going to become the temporary homes to our sweet smelling moon flowers, our giant summer squash, our bright-faced sunflowers, and our Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, alas, May is a very hectic month in this house, and I never got around to buying the soil. Too late now–we’ll have to buy starter plants again this year.

So, anyway, I had these empty egg cartons. I also had three loud children who couldn’t agree on anything (and, frankly, were really getting on my nerves). It was so obvious: 3 empty egg cartons + 3 bored and bickering children = egg-carton-caterpillars! Just like when I was a kid. Perfect.

Supplies:

  • empty egg cartons
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • crayons
  • watercolor paints
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes (or you could draw the eyes)

Instructions

  1. Cut the egg cartons down the center, lengthwise, then cut to desired length. I only ended up using one whole carton, and we each had one half of one length–three egg “pockets” each (what is the correct term for the egg “cups”?). You can trim any excess cardboard on the carton as desired.
  2. Have the kids color a design on their caterpillar with crayon (the design will show through the paints later).
  3. Then have them paint the caterpillar.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner in half.
  5. Poke two holes where you want the antennae to protrude, then pull one half length of a pipe cleaner down through the top of one hole, and then up through the bottom of the other. You can curl the tips.
  6. Squeeze drops of glue  where you want the eyes to be, then affix the googly eyes (or just draw them on).
  7. Go outside and play with your new friends in the grass!

There are more ideas and links for Activities involving The Very Hungry Caterpillar here: http://fabulousclassroom.com/2011/06/hungry-caterpillar-activities-lesson-plans/

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