Baby Book Club: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We really love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar at our house. From the illustrations to the easy to follow story line for small children, it’s a winner with the kids and adults. You can even see from our past Hungry Caterpillar play date, there are so many ideas to go along with this book, it’s hard to choose just one!

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When Groupon was offering a deal to visit The Butterfly Center exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we couldn’t pass it up! (And the good news for those of you in the area, the Groupon is still available here for a limited time, and as for the rest of you, there is an additional 20% off all Groupons until tomorrow!)

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I hadn’t been to the The Butterfly Center in awhile, and I was so glad we went. Not only did the kids love looking at all of the bugs and creepy crawlies, but they had a fun play area and a small table where we were able to do our butterfly craft.

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For the butterfly craft you will need:

  • Tissue Paper cut into squares
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Pom Poms
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft Glue

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  1. The first step involves all of the assembly and gathering of your materials. Pretty simple.
  2. For the second step, you will want to take as many squares as you would like (I used 3) and cinch them up in the middle until you are able to pinch them with your finger to make the wings.
  3. Take the clothespin and close it off with the cinched area of your wings. The last step just involves all of the gluing. We glued on pom poms for the body and folded the pipe cleaner in half for the antenna. The antenna you can glue on the inside of the top part on the clothespin.

*Craft glue is essential for this activity. We tried using regular glue as well as rubber cement and the pom poms would not stick to the wood! Just consider yourself warned!

I am also dying to try out these Tissue Paper Butterflies or these fun paper plate butterflies and caterpillars. And how cute would these kid butterflies look in a classroom? I recently found out that there is also an Eric Carle Museum in Massachusetts. If any of you have the chance to visit, let us know, as I have definitely added it to my Travel List ideas! Their website is a great resource with a ton of craft ideas as well, including this Very Hungry Caterpillar Mobile Tutorial.

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What are your favorite museums to visit in your area with kids? Have you found any other caterpillar or butterfly crafts that you love?

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