THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR + READ / MAKE

Today's READ + MAKE is based on a classic book. It's time for . . . drum roll please . . . The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. No introductions are needed so let's see what we did with the Caterpillar:

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MATERIALS: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, kitchen utensils like a pizza cutter, rolling pin, butter knife, etc. and Play Doh

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STEP ONE: Read book. Read it once, twice, or fifty-five times like us! It's a favorite.

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STEP TWO: Mold a caterpillar and butterfly out of the play dough. Thankfully, it was Spring Break here, meaning my SIL spent several days with us, which meant putting her to work at The Bookworm Club free-of-charge! I love being older so I could tell people what to do. (Did I tell you I was the youngest of three girls growing up?) My instructions to my fourteen-year-old sister was to make a caterpillar out of Play Doh that resembles Eric Carle's. I let all participants - my three kiddos and one SIL - creative reign. They had a glorious time making a caterpillar, a butterfly, and a beautiful mess. 

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STEP THREE: Dry!

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Save these play dough creations and the Play Doh because we'll use them for our plot activity. Also, this activity is a great one for children ages five to 105 because they're able to work independently, which means I was able to wash the dishes and fold some laundry. Winning!