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Story Activities - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a glorious picture book with lovely, humorous illustrations and a wonderful narrative about a hungry caterpillar growing up to be a beautiful butterfly. In terms of language learning, this book is perfect to focus on food, days of the week, counting and colours. It’s also great to focus on the butterfly life cycle and the language needed to describe it. 


Using the text (or if you don’t have the book, here is an only copy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY) can children:


  1. Read the story; adding props to help you act/retell in your own words. 

  2. Design your own Hungry Caterpillar story map.

  3. Write a recount of the story - Try to use your knowledge of days of the week as sentence starters such as ‘On Monday he ate…’

  4. My Favourite Foods! - The Hungry Caterpillar likes to eat lots and lots of different foods! Can you draw some of your favourite foods and write a sentence to tell us why you like them so much! 

  5. Life Cycles -  The Hungry Caterpillar is a perfect opportunity to begin investigating life cycles. Can you explore the life cycle of a butterfly and draw a sequence of images to illustrate the different stages? Try to label your drawing or write a sentence to explain what is happening during each stage. Maybe you could start investigating other life cycles - I wonder if you can find what a duckling, tadpole, or chick turns into…?

Creative Activities:

Since we are exploring the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, maybe you could take part in some creative activities linked to the story! You may wish too…

  • Make a Symmetrical Butterfly - Choose the materials you would like to use. You could use paint, felt tips, pastels or even Lego! Why not use you could use a mirror to help you make the pattern as perfect as it can be!

  • Finger paint Art - Using the illustrations of the text, can you recreate the images using your finger prints?

  • Create a Butterfly or Caterpillar inspired headband

  • Design a Paper Chain Caterpillar

  • Make Hungry Caterpillar inspired Story Stones or Story Spoons to support your retell


Happy Caterpillar Creating!