The Very Hungry Caterpillar

very hungry caterpillar

Hi everyone !

As you may already know, I do love a theme.
Today I am bringing you activities based on the children’s classic ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

very hungry caterpillar

If you don’t already know this book I’d be very very surprised. It’s been a household favourite for years.
Nowadays you can find the story in many different formats.
There is the original of course, a pop up version, board book, touch and feel, finger puppets and ones that come with a caterpillar soft toy.
There is a version for everyone.

Start off by reading the story with the children (obviously)

Why not start off strong with a caterpillar themed snack. This idea comes from foodbites on Instagram.

very hungry caterpillar
You will need
– kebab sticks
– circle cookie cutters
– fresh fruit of your choosing
I don’t think I need to explain how this is done. It’s that simple..yet effective 😉

The very hungry caterpillar is a great way to get the kids learning counting and numbers.
Over at they have free, printable worksheets and educational activity ideas. Check out their ‘Theme’ section!

Next up, encourage the children to practice their storytelling skills and vocab by getting them to retell the very hungry caterpillar.
To do this, spend some time making this craft from @everydayplayhacks to use as a prompt.
The kids will enjoy opening the flaps to reveal what the caterpillar ate next!
This version is made using some thick card for the base, wipe lids and printed pictures! Make a cocoon to finish off the story which, when opened, reveals a butterfly.

very hungry caterpillar

Don’t have any wipe lids? Use colourful card instead to make flaps like the guys over at
I think this version is just as effective and you could cut up and use the images from the worksheets!

very hungry caterpillar


A day of The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed activities wouldn’t be complete without creating a beautiful butterfly that emerges from a cocoon.
Here is a lovely, personalised butterfly craft for you from
You could use a toilet roll as the cocoon and hide this little guy inside.
very hungry caterpillar


Have you got any other ideas for caterpillar themed activities? Share your ideas below!
Check out our other recommended reading here.

very hungry caterpillar