Celebrate the Caterpillar

I’m in the “another” portion of “one sick child after another,” so there hasn’t been much going on in the studio lately. But besides being the first day of Spring, Sunday is also the Third Annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, and I wanted to share some ideas on how to celebrate (which may or may not happen here, depending on who this virus gets next!). Because we can’t all get to Northampton to celebrate in person…

  • Eat some fruit salad. You’ll need one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, and five oranges. Don’t forget the slice of watermelon that the caterpillar eats during his binge on Saturday!
  • Read some of your favorite Eric Carle books. Visit your local library if you need to borrow some. Our favorites include Dragons, Dragons, Mister Seahorse, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Paint some tissue papers like Eric Carle. When they’re dry, make a Carle-like collage. (Collage link is a PDF instruction sheet from Eric Carle’s website.) Or make your own sort of collage! Paper + scissors + glue = fun.
  • Plan a butterfly garden. It’s spring! (Sort of–here, anyway.)
  • If you are incredibly handy with the cake decorating, make a hungry caterpillar cupcake train. Isn’t it amazing?
  • See if the caterpillar is coming to a bookstore near you. While you’re on that website, check out the other resources on that page.
  • Try some of the activities listed on the Carle Museum’s resources/activities page.
  • Read this conversation between Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola, another wonderful children’s book author/illustrator. (You need to scroll down; it’s under the Editorial Reviews heading.)

Have fun! And Happy Spring! Are you celebrating (either Spring or Caterpillar Day) in any particular way?

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2 Responses to Celebrate the Caterpillar

  1. donna lee says:

    I hate to admit I’ve never heard of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. It might have been after my kids were grown.

    Spring here means small picnics and outdoor activities or indoor activities moved outdoors into the sunshine. Isn’t it nice to see the sun again?

  2. Michelle says:

    I haven’t seen the dragons one before, awesome!!!

    We’re planning to wipe out the front beds (years of neglect anyway) and turn the whole thing into butterfly and herb gardens. We already planted tons of dill in the back so the caterpillar babies will have plenty to eat. 🙂

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