Claire LOVES the Hungry Caterpillar. Who doesn't?? So I came up with this little leaf print craft to make with her.
To get started we used green paint, a lime green paint and a little bit of white paint so that our picture would look a little bit more like the one in the book. I drew a light line on the paper as a guide for us to follow where to press the leaves. Claire was more interested in helping me paint the leaves than pressing them on the paper. We also used a few different sizes of leaves. We started in the middle with the largest leaf, and then worked our way down the sides using smaller leaves. After we had the body of the caterpillar done we went outside to find a nice big leaf for the face and two very small leaves for the ears. Picking the leaves off of the trees was definitely Claire's favorite part! Once the body is dry you can add the eyes, I cut mine out of paper.
Then I thought that it might be fun to stamp the circles that are on the first page of the caterpillar book. I drew two lines on a piece of white paper and just let Claire picked random colours that she wanted to stamp on the paper between the two lines. This would have been lovely done on the same piece of paper as the caterpillar, but Claire's a bit of a wild cannon with her stamping sometimes, so we used another piece of paper, and then taped the pieces together when they were dry.
Ta da! A perfectly frame-able work of art- Hungry Caterpillar style.
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