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Busy Hands: Magazine Collage Caterpillar

Little Dude has only recently graduated from picture books to proper story books suitable for toddlers. Even though we love storytelling (see this Storytelling Props activity we did), it didn't occur to me to find new books for him as he loved his picture and word books so much!

but since he turned three, we have added quite a few new books to his library, and now he loves them all. One of his favourites is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. At first, I had no idea why this modern kids' classic is so popular. But when I read it a couple of times, I realized how its simple and imaginative storytelling is great for children. And of course, I love the illustrations!

So, we've done our first craft based on a book. Inspired by Carle's designs, I thought printed magazine scrap paper would make a great caterpillar.

Magazine Collage Caterpillar based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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With the book's cover design as inspiration, I looked for similar colours in magazines, and cut out the shapes for Little Dude to assemble into a caterpillar like the one in the book.

Magazine collage activity for kids

I let him look at the cover while helping him make this caterpillar onto a card sheet.

Magazine Scrap Paper Caterpillar based on Eric Carle's book

He started with the head, and glued parts of the body one by one. I encouraged him to mix up the different shades of green to give the same effect as the original illustration.

Making A Magazine Collage Caterpillar

Once the caterpillar was glued in place, he drew its spiky hair with a blue pencil. In the end, we also added a sun to the picture, and I love the way it has turned out!

Magazine Collage Caterpillar craft based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

If your child loves this book, and cutting and pasting (with help from you, of course), this would be a fun activity for you to do together!

This activity promotes:
- Fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, and sticking)
- Colour identification
- Pattern recognition
- Character recognition


Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.


This post has been linked to:
Tuesday Tutorials  // Let Kids Be Kids //
Mini Creations // The Weekly Kids Co-Op

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18 comments

Emma Edwards said...

How gorgeous! I can imagine the caterpillar has slightly different textures too from the different magazines.

Redpeffer said...

it's a lovely book to fire imaginations-my son loves to pretend to eat all the food just like the caterpillar does. Lovely activity too :)

Karen Bell said...

That caterpillar is fantastic. It's great the way books can inspire play/craft and it brings the book to life.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

Caroline said...

Fab collage, what a great idea to turn a character from one of his books into an activity :)xx #letkidsbekids

Tarana said...

Yes, the paper differences created a nice texture!

Tarana said...

Very cute about your son! This book definitely is a favourite :)

Tarana said...

Thank you Karen! We hope to do more book-based activities in future.

Tarana said...

Yes, it certainly does! I love the simplicity of the book.

Tarana said...

Thank you Caroline!

Tasneem Rajkotwala said...

Such a great idea!! Will be trying this out with Little A during the winter break.

channon said...

Very cute idea. The magazines add that nice color and glossy paper.

Tarana said...

Have fun with it!

Hodge Podge said...

This looks fantastic! Would be a great DIY picture for a child's bedroom and a great way to recycle too :)
#Pintorials

Lucy Blossom said...

What a fabulous activity and it looks good fun too.

Tarana said...

Thank you! Yes it would look great on the wall :)

kidGLloves said...

Lucas says - This is absolutely brilliant. When I was a baby the Mother loved the Very Hungry Caterpillar and I got brought lots of different things like a money box, plate, cup. This is so cool. Little Dude has excelled himself :)
Thanks for linking to #minicreations

Tarana said...

Thank you so much, Lucas!

bookloon said...

This is such a cute idea and based on one of my favorite children's books.

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