This is a great activity we did at my daughters preschool last year.
Caterpillar: supplies needed: popsicle stick, 8 mini pompom balls (colorful ones), glue, googley eyes.
Each child gets a stick and glues pompoms onto it in a row. then glues two eyes at one end.
Butter fly: supplies needed: coffee filters, food coloring, water containers, eye droppers, pipe cleaners.
twist pipe cleaners around middle of the coffee filter to pinch it together and make butterflies.
fill small containers with colored water, use droppers to drip the color onto the coffee filter till it is colorful. let it dry.
Science: you’ll need a empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll. Stuff your coffee filter butter fly into the tube then talk about how a caterpillar eats and eats, cocoons itself into the roll then as you push it thru the butterfly pops out the other end. Use the story Eric Carr’s “Very Hungry caterpillar” to make this activity even more enjoyable.
I used real food and reenacted the story at home. My kids ate the food each time and wanted more! Great for snack time too!
“Name that Caterpillar” Provide the children with 4″ squares (Variety of colors of course!), pre cut legs and pre cut head. Child takes a 3″ circle and traces and cuts on the 4″ squares. One circle should be traced and cut for each letter in their name. Then they glue them down and draw a face on the head. Then they write a letter on each circle for each letter in their name. Name cards come in handy for this activity! You could adapt this for your 3’s and they could just glue precut circles and you write the letters if they are not ready (they shouldn’t be!). Have fun!
Have children use Bingo Markers to create a caterpillar, by marking circles in a line! They can make them as short or long as they wish, then add legs, antennae and face with a felt tipped marker! It’s a lot of fun, and can be done with many different age groups!
I teach the 3 and 4 year olds. When we were talking about insects, we took clothes pins and I had the children clue green and yellow pom poms on the top of it. Then we put on wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners for the antenna’s. the kids loved it and were excited to show their parents their caterpillar clips.
Read the Book by Eric Carle the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then for an art activity, cut an orange in half. Dip one half in red paint and print the head of the caterpillar, then using the other half, print the body with green paint and they will look similar to the picture on the cover of the book. My kindergarteners LOVED this activity!
We used yarn and Popsicle sticks to make cocoons. The children just wrapped the tarn around the stick until they thought it looked like a cocoon.