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
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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