We made caterpillars in preschool

There are some activities that just look like fun and this caterpillar painting activity is one of my favorites….

The teachers set out bright colors of paint, some plastic cups, and some plastic forks. The children used the plastic forks to scratch some green grass on their paper…

We had all kinds of green grass going on…

To add the caterpillars, the children dipped the plastic cups in different colors of paint and made circle prints on their paper…

Some children chose to use only one color of paint for their caterpillar circles….

Other children preferred to use lots of different colors of paint for their caterpillar circles…

Some children added their grass first and others added their grass after they finished their caterpillars…

Some children connected their circles and others left a little space between each circle…

This child went over the circles more than one time…

While the children were making their caterpillars, I heard lots of laughing and talking going on.  I also saw the children sharing paint, taking turns, and even telling each other how to make a caterpillar:)

To go along with this wonderful and colorful caterpillar activity, the children listened to the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

And they talked about the life cycle of a caterpillar while the teacher drew some simple illustrations for the children to see…

Tomorrow after the paint dries, the children will draw their own faces, legs, and¬†antennae…

What a fun caterpillar day!

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  1. Andrea says

    I love the fork grass!

    We used circle cutouts to make caterpillars when we did the life cycle of the butterfly. I found it so interesting to watch how the kids used their circles – some used the circles to make the actual caterpillar, some drew their caterpillar and used the circles as the sun and other accents. And then some glued their circles all randomly over their paper and connected them later when they drew on legs and antennae. I love watching my preschoolers create!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I love the fork grass too:) It sounds like your activity was a very similar activity to this one!

  2. says

    I love the fork grass and the circle caterpillar

    We read hungry caterpillar book and made life cycle of the butterfly paintings. We made egg carton prints to create the caterpillars and Butterfly.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Egg carton prints is an excellent idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Yay! I am glad you liked it enough to add a link to your curriculum! How wonderful!