Monday, September 3, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Baggie Butterflies

Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle is a classic book that is loved by many preschoolers!  The artwork in this picture book-- and for that matter, all of Eric Carle's picture books-- is full of beautiful colors.  Carle created his work from sketches and colorful tissue paper, which is a great technique to use with children to create their own work of art.  I'll share more on that in a later post.

Today, I want to share a cute, quick, inexpensive way to create beautiful butterflies like the one at the end of Carle's book.

The supplies you will need for this Picture Book Craft include:
*Zipper-top plastic bags
*Pipe cleaners or twist ties (for the antenna)
*Small jiggle eyes (optional)
*Colorful items for filling the bags (tissue paper, buttons, beads, tinsel, silk flowers, etc.)

L to R: Butterfly filled with flowers from Hawaiian Lei; Butterfly filled with cut tissue paper squares; Butterfly filled with Christmas tinsel; Mini Butterfly made with small baggie and filled with micro beads; Butterfly filled with Buttons.

Try different fillings for your butterflies-- have fun with what you have on hand!  Don't be afraid to fill butterflies with shaving cream or paint-- just look around-- this one is super cheap, and easily modified to fit what you already have!

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