With the new year comes the making of calenders. Last year, we made hand print caterpillars from one of our favourite stories ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.
As it was a busy time of the year, we had to think of something that would be quick and simple for a large group of 2-5 year olds to make. I found this idea online and liked it, thinking that the children will love to get their hands messy and will also recognise the character from the book.
First the children painted their hands green to create the legs. As we didn’t have a round sponge or stamp, we used a star shaped stamp for the caterpillar’s head, which the children spun around on the paper to make a circle shape. They then painted on the antennae and added two googly eyes. The children then stuck on their calender tab for 2016.
Once the paint had dried, we wrote ‘My very hungry caterpillar…’ on the top (just incase the parents didn’t recognise the picture from the story!), and added ribbon to hang the calendar.
As predicted, the children had great fun painting their hands, some of them pretending they were the hulk! We took this opportunity to read the story (as if we hadn’t already read it hundreds of times), and even created a hungry caterpillar birthday display!