The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Friday 20th March is the official day to celebrate everything that is wonderful about Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, which is a true modern classic.

Did you know that since it was first published in 1969, 38 million copies of the book have been sold in 60 different languages? So apparently, every thirty seconds, somebody in the world buys a copy of this book. How amazing is that!

As a teacher and mum, I absolutely LOVE this story and it is always a big hit with the children in school as well as with my little dude at home. There is so much playing and learning to be done from this story too! I love the scientific discussions that arise after reading the story- there is a wonderful time lapse video on the National Geographic website which captures a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. It is fascinating to watch after reading this story. I also love the Maths learning that naturally occurs as part of a “Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story time. When we read this at home, we always count what the caterpillar eats as we go and it is great for practising the days of the week as well!

I realise many of you are at home with your little people at the minute so I have created some FREE learn and play ideas which you can do after reading this story. The best way to do this is to download the ideas using the link below and have a look at what you fancy doing!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ideas to Learn and Play

I have tried to come up with ideas which use simple resources that are easily accessible as I am aware that it’s difficult to get out at the minute and we don’t want to be spending any extra money unnecessarily either! Everything you need should be at your fingertips within the home and many of the activities require recyclable materials which you may find at the bottom of your recycling bin! There are some resources which you can download and print for free as part of this pack too.

Once you’ve decided what you have to hand and what you think you and your little person would enjoy, set up a few activities around the space you have available at home. After sharing the story, see what interests them most and follow their lead with what they want to learn and play with. The last thing you want is for learning at home to be stressful and the best learning is done through open ended play. That said, as adults we often feel more comfortable with some structure and routine so having some ideas prepped and ready to go can be reassuring! Setting up your space like this gives you and your little person the best of both worlds!

As we’ll be spending more time at home over the next few weeks, I am happy to provide weekly story learn and play ideas if you find this useful and enjoyable. Do let me know what you think to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” learn and play ideas by leaving a comment or writing a review. I would also be happy to take story requests if you or your little people have any favourites!

In the meantime, happy reading, playing and learning! If you take any pictures of your little people enjoying the Story Station activities then do tag @storystaion3 on Facebook or Instagram as I would love to see them. Also follow and tag the Eric Carle museum at for more Hungry Caterpillar celebrations!

Natalie x




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