Easter for Preschoolers: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

14 Mar


Here are 10 great ways to incorporate The Very Hungry Caterpillar into learning about Easter with preschoolers:

1. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Compare the resurrection to how the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis.

2. Learn the verse: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17   Have kids crawl into a “cocoon” and come out as a new creation- a butterfly- gliding about the room.

3. Order caterpillar larva online. Watch as a butterfly develops (this takes weeks.)

4. Make a butterfly out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Place it in the lunch bag. Make a caterpillar out of playdough. Have it crawl into a brown lunch bag. Pull the butterfly out of the lunch bag.

5. Have the kids act out the process of metamorphosis. Curl into a ball for the egg. Open up and crawl on the floor for the caterpillar. Grow and grow and grow. Crawl into a sleeping bag or under a table covered with a blanket. Come out waving their arms as a butterfly.

6. Make a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly using pom poms, clothespin and colored tissue paper.

7. Snack on a caterpillar. Thread Fruit Loops onto pretzel sticks for a colorful caterpillar.

8. Make a cute caterpillar using hand prints. Make a butterfly using footprints.

9. Discuss what it means to be a new creation.

10. Cut out pieces of bread, meat and cheese with round cookie cutters. Make round sandwiches. Line sandwiches up standing up to make a caterpillar.

For more ideas and lesson plans:  I Spy Butterflies

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Also, try our pinterest board for Preschool Easter ideas.

One Response to “Easter for Preschoolers: The Very Hungry Caterpillar”


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