VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  is one of my all-time favorite books to read to my kids.  This book totally ROCKS because there is just so much to talk about in the book such as numbers, colors, foods, days of the week, and life stages – just to name a few.  I wanted to share 2  activities  that I have done with my own children and in my classroom to make the book even more memorable.    

1.  COLLECTING MONARCH CATERPILLARS

(This one is by far my favorite activity.  I will probably be doing this when I am 90 – pushing a walker and grumbling about “kids these days”).

Milkweed

First, you need to find some  milkweed.  I just go to a ditch.  Milkweed grows all over the place.

Monarch Caterpillars

   Here is a picture of some monarch  caterpillars.  You will see all different sizes and can collect any size.  They get big quickly.

The key to keeping happy caterpillars is making sure they always have fresh milkweed.  Replace the milkweed once a day and that’s it.  No water.  They get everything they need from the milkweed.   

Hanging J

Any type of cage is fine as long as it has plenty of holes for air and something  for the caterpillar to hang onto when it makes its chrysalis.  Right before it makes a chrysalis, the caterpillar looks like a hanging J  – make sure you do not bump it at this time.  Once it is a completely turned into a green chrysalis, it is much stronger.                                                                                             

This is a great pic of a bunch of stages.  The caterpillars in the J shape means they are getting ready to form a chrysalis.  You can see 5 green chrysalis, and 1 black chrysalis.  It is black because  a butterfly is almost ready to come out.  You will be able to see the monarch’s wings at that stage.     Watch closely because they can come out  anytime now.

  

2.  MAKE A HUNGRY CATERPILLAR MEAL

Take veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses, and whatever else you may have and poke a hole in each piece with a straw.  Serve it for lunch.  It will be just like the Hung

 

Valentine’s Day Kid Activities

Here are some fun and cheap/free activities to do with your kids for Valentines Day

 Cut out hearts and hide them all over the house.   Throughout the day, kids are finding hearts. 

Each time you talk to someone, you need to end your sentence with a gushy term of endearment like “sweetie pie, honey bunny, baby cakes.”

Play a sweet game of Valentine Hangman.  Make the word or phrase super lovey dovey!!

Cut/shape your food into hearts.  Pancakes, sandwiches and pizza are very easy.  You can even shape mac-n-cheese into a heart mound.  I DARE you to make a fried egg heart!!! 

Make playdoh and dye it red/pink/purple.  Add glitter to jazz it up.  I have a good recipe on an earlier post for playdoh.   https://findmebook.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/best-playdoh-recipe-ev-ah/

Get out an old lipstick and let your kids make kisses on a piece of paper.  Make it into a valentine.