Monday, March 17, 2014

It's a CELEBRATION! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Style With a Giveaway!

As an early childhood educator, books hold the key to my heart. I love to introduce my students to authors that I adore. One of my favorite authors is Eric Carle. I am so excited to join the celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Did you know that since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages? How cool is that?! That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold. Whoa!

Meet the Author! (Doesn't he just look like FUN?!)

Eric Carle ( is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

Make Sure You Check Out His Other Books. Ah-Mazing!

 So, what do I do in my classroom to incorporate The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Traditionally, we read this book when we learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.  That is not until April. I got my son to help me out since I don't have student work to share yet. Here are my teacher examples of what I have planned so far

Here is the hat we will make. 

I will give my students the black and white version to color, then we will glue the pictures in order on our strips of construction paper, add a few staples and wha la...a caterpillar 

Another activity we will do (similar to the last) is color, cut, and glue pictures on a sentence strip in order.  One of my favorite things about Eric Carle books is that they are GREAT for teaching sequencing. Seriously, we start and end our school year with Eric Carle's books because of this. 

I have made pictures for this pocket chart for my students to practice sequencing in a center. I encourage them to keep the book in the center and use it as a reference if they need help. I will probably use a bigger chart though in the classroom. This is what happens when I take pictures in my living room and don't keep a gazillion pocket charts at home. #teacherfail

Last, we will paint these caterpillars.  I just used supplies I had: puff paint, washable paint, cotton balls, and a paper plate. Students will be give an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. They will create their caterpillar with paint and a cotton ball. They will only put as many green circles as the letters in their name. I love it when I can add a little art, literacy, and math into an activity. So, if they have five letters in their name, they will have five green circles. Then, after the paint dries, they can go back with a marker and write the letters of their names in the circles, trace a leaf and cut it out. 

I'm sure we will do much more but I still have a few more weeks to plan. I just wanted to share a few things with you now. 

I've saved the best news for last! I get to giveaway some pretty nifty stuff! One winner will win this limited addition Anniversary   Tote and The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book. 

Just enter below and I will pick one winner on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. CST. 

Make sure you check out the website but clicking HERE or the picture below to see more resources and information about the Anniversary Celebration!

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in winning the loot!

Thanks Eric Carle for all you have done to enrich reading in my kindergarten classroom. We puffy heart LOVE you!!

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  1. I love all of your ideas for The Very Hungry Caterpillar! So cute!

  2. Love these ideas and the giveaway! Just wondering if you had the cute pictures for sequencing for sale or know where to get them? You are so crafty you probably made them yourself!
    Thank you!
    Andrea :)

  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing all these terrific ideas.

  4. The kids had a great time with these activities.

  5. This is a great post! Thanks for all the sharing of what you do with the Hungry Caterpillar!

  6. This is one of my favorite books. Years ago, I created a short play that my Kinders did for the other classes. It was a blast! Love your cute ideas. :)