Welcome to our second post of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Series! Be on the lookout for a new post every day this week and me sure to visit our landing page at the end of the week to see all of the posts we put together for you!
This was a very simple craft that is related to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but it was actually made as a connection to the wonderful book by Eric Carle, but also to practice the development of fine motor skills.
As you may know, fine motor skills are activities that require smaller and more precise hand movement and control.
Some fine motor skills for toddlers and preschoolers:
- cutting paper of varying weight and textures with scissors
- building towers with wooden blocks
- writing with pencil, markers, crayons or fingers
- peeling stickers off paper and placing them on a specific place on the paper
- transferring small objects from one container to another
- spooling or wrapping something around something else
- weaving or looming ribbon, thread or yarn
- sorting items such as legos, seashells or cars
- using dot markers in specific areas on the paper
- using the pincer grip to grasp small objects such as beads
- transferring water using a dropper or spoon
- playing with dough to create small objects
- using glue to paste objects
- erasing with an eraser
- sewing with needle and thread
- stacking items such as rainbow blocks
- painting with paintbrushes, fingers or q-tips
- grating soap, carrots or cheese
- cutting food with a knife or crinkle cutter
- And, of course, threading beads using thread, yarn, string or pipe cleaners is also a fine skills activity.
This craft is simple, but honestly, it is a great fine motor skills and it makes a beautiful little hungry caterpillar.
Here is the craft. Isn’t it adorable? Sister loved playing with it.
We hope that this post has inspired you to try this simple activity with your children. They will love it!
Famous Artists for Kids ~ Lessons Inspired by Eric Carle
What educator and homeschool family doesn’t love Eric Carle’s books and illustrations? Aren’t Eric Carle pictures just amazing? We read these books with our children and students because they have so much to offer, both the literature and the artwork.
This series of 5 Art tutorials will focus on an amazing artist study (Eric Carle) and Art lessons, so it can be used with children older than the normal range for reading the picture books. It would also make a fun art lesson for multiple ages.
This 5-part tutorial includes:
- Color Wash and Splash Textures
- Brush & Scratch Textures
- Insect Wings and Body Textures
- Blotting Textures
- Project Completion
More Eric Carle Resources Page!
This step-by-step series will make it really easy for you and your kids!
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