Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Easy Craft for Hungry Caterpillar Book
I have a friend who is a crafting genius. Really she's like the Michelangelo of kiddie crafts. Anyhoo, she recently shared with me something that has really changed our lives: Kids get so much more out of crafts if they are based on a favorite book. This may seem obvious to the savvy blogging world, but I maintain that most Moms aren't like my friend. For example, when my daughter was little and just learning how to hold crayons, I had no clue what she was capable of so we didn't try anything new. She would ask me to draw something and all I could muster up was a heart, a star, or if I was really lucky, a Mickey Mouse head. Since then, I have dedicated myself to learning about ways to keep kids entertained, increase fine motor skills and foster creativity. So, the in the spirit of my goals, for my next magic trick, we will create a caterpillar out of an egg carton, based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
For this project you will need an egg carton, googly eyes, a pipe cleaner, and some paint. I'm a little more craft-challenged than my friend, so I love projects like this that are easy to do and easy to clean. I bought some paint in this handy plastic container one time and now I just wash it out every time we paint so that I can re-use it. For this project, my three and half year old painted each "hump" a different color and tried to match the pattern of color I used for the container, first red, then green then blue, etc.
For my little guy, I just gave him some paint and told him to keep the paint on the caterpillar and not on his face (this advice was based on a previous incident where he considered himself the canvas).
And voila! Two VERY hungry Caterpillars!
This really opened up a new world to us. Look where I found my kids the next day. To me, this is proof that doing crafts based on favorite books really enhances a child's love of books.