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Big Book of Butterflies


Large handmade book with poster board on the front and back and white paper in the middle
Pipe cleaners
Hole punch
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


1. Each child will make her own big book. Read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
2. Have a class discussion about all the different things a caterpillar might eat. Each day for several days the children draw pictures of these things in their books. After they finish each picture, punch a hole in the middle of it. Let them continue for about five to six days with the different things the caterpillar eats. On day seven, ask each child to draw the cocoon or chrysalis, and punch a hole in that as well.
3. The next day let the children draw a beautiful butterfly on the last page, with a hole where the head would be.
4. Now the children can tell the story, with their pipe cleaner "caterpillar" eating its way through all those foods, and then finally emerging as a butterfly.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Bugs/Ants/Insects/Spiders
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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