Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle is a classic book that is loved by many preschoolers!  The artwork in this picture book– and for that matter, all of Eric Carle’s picture books– is full of beautiful colors.  Carle created his work from sketches and colorful tissue paper, which is a great technique to use with children to create their own work of art.  I’ll share more on that in a later post.

Today, I want to share a cute, quick, inexpensive way to create beautiful butterflies like the one at the end of Carle’s book.

The supplies you will need for this Picture Book Craft include:

*  Zipper-top plastic bags

* Clothespins

*Pipe cleaners or twist ties (for the antenna)

*Small jiggle eyes (optional)

*Colorful items for filling the bags (tissue paper, buttons, beads, tinsel, silk flowers, etc.)

Image L to R: Butterfly filled with flowers from Hawaiian Lei; Butterfly filled with cut tissue paper squares; Butterfly filled with Christmas tinsel; Mini Butterfly made with small baggie and filled with micro beads; Butterfly filled with Buttons.

Try different fillings for your butterflies– have fun with what you have on hand!  Don’t be afraid to fill butterflies with shaving cream or paint– just look around– this one is super cheap, and easily modified to fit what you already have!