Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally published on June 3, 1969. And in that time it has not only become a beloved classic at home and in the classroom, it’s also inspired hundreds of crafts and lessons. Here are a dozen of our favorite Very Hungry Caterpillar activities.

1. Egg Carton Caterpillar

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By Dollar Store Mom

No activity roundup for The Very Hungry Caterpillar would be complete without the classic egg carton caterpillar. Yes, it’s been done before, but it’s one of those memorable activities (and keepsakes) that every kid loves.

2. Paper Plate Caterpillar

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By Learning Through Play

This activity helps students engage with the story, learn the days of the week, practice their counting skills, and learn about healthy eating!

3. Caterpillar Letter Sort

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By Growing Book by Book

Being able to recognize the similarities and differences between letters is an important skill for early readers and writers. With this fun activity kids build caterpillars letter by letter by sorting them into curves and straights.

4. Clothespin Story Retelling

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By School Time Snippets

This activity is a fun way to work on another important literacy skill—sequencing. After reading the story together, students can retell it in order by clipping the story sequence circles (download here) onto the caterpillar body.

5. Caterpillar Word Puzzles

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By Playdough to Plato

These simple, colorful word puzzles are a novel way to practice letter sounds, shape recognition, word building, and fine motor skills. Download templates here

6. Fine Motor Activity

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By Modern Preschool

Speaking of fine motor skills, kids will love this activity. They will chomp and munch through the fruit shapes using a caterpillar hole punch. Have them retell the story as they munch so you can check for comprehension.

7. Grassy Caterpillar

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By Toys in the Dryer

Get your hands dirty and give a little nature lesson while celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This blog gives you step-by-step directions (scroll down to Thursday’s entry) for creating your own project.

8. CaterpillarPop-up Book

By Mrs. T’s First Grade Class

This adorable book features a little caterpillar lying on a leaf on the cover, his cozy cocoon on the back, and the butterfly he becomes in the middle. Hang these books from your classroom ceiling for a colorful display.

9. Storytelling Basket

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By The Imagination Tree

Use this fun basket when reading the story with your class, then have it available afterward for kids to enjoy in a choice center. Include the book, a caterpillar, a butterfly, and plastic foods for the caterpillar to munch on.

10. Caterpillar Fingerprint Counting

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By Totschooling

Looking for a fun caterpillar activity that combines art and math? These free fingerprint counting printables make learning number sense fun while giving your kids a chance to get their hands messy. Also check out Totschooling’s free dot-paint packet, which includes tons of activities to help kids work on fine motor skills, counting skills, prereading and prewriting skills, and more.

11. Hungry Caterpillar Bug Jars

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By Olives Originals

Use pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes to create these adorable caterpillars. Cut out some fresh green leaves, pop them in a mason jar, and give your students their very own lovable pet.

12. Classroom Caterpillar

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By The Educators’ Spin On It

Have each student paint a green circle on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white card stock. If you have time to take and print photos of each child, have them glue their photo inside of their circle. If not, ask each student to draw a self-portrait. Join the children’s pages together with staples or tape and add the caterpillar’s head (see photo for sample). Hang your class caterpillar in the hall outside your classroom or on your door to share with your school.

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