A fun preschool activity to go along with reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book (by Eric Carle) is painting and creating an Egg Carton Caterpillar!
Begin by cutting the carton in fourths. Use the cover of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as a model caterpillar. Paint your Caterpillar Carton (we used teal, green, blue & red paint for ours). After the paint dries glue the googly eyes on your caterpillar and punch two holes in the top of your carton to thread the pipe cleaner through.
These Caterpillar creations are fun to play with and look great on display on a bookshelf. My little guy loves reading books and as we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar his Egg Carton Caterpillar mimics the story.
Tip: Empty Egg Cartons do not just come in handy when creating Hungry Caterpillars; they are also perfect when painting – add different paint colors in each pocket; and they are great to have around when working on fine motor skills – add fuzzy balls and other small objects in the pockets for little ones to pick up and sort while working on their finger coordination.
Have fun repurposing that egg carton!