One of our favorite books to read is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made a fun graphing sheet to go along with the story that kids can fill out as you read the story, you can download the graph sheet here.

I also made lacing cards for the story as well. After cutting out the pieces, I punched a hole in each one then tied a piece of yarn to the caterpillar. As you read the story they lace on the items he eats. At the end they lace on the cocoon.

I then had them put the whole thing in a bag, like a cocoon. While we are reading the final page and discussing what happens to the caterpillar, I put that bag behind my back and switch it out with another one containing the butterflies. Then I give them back their bag and let them reach inside and pull out the butterfly. They LOVED it!

You can download the Hungry Caterpillar cards here!

This activity goes along well with my Letter C for Caterpillar Unit!


  1. I was just wondering if you pointed out to your dc that butterflies actually come from a chrysallis and it is the moths that emerge from cocoons. A very important difference between these two that the author flubbed on. I think that most children know that caterpillars don't really eat most of the stuff in that book, but many do adamantly argue with me about butterflies coming from cocoons. Still a fun book though.

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