18 months ago Adam created a Very Hungry Caterpillar made from pegs, based on the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (affiliate link). The caterpillar is proudly displayed in our dining room.
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After the wonderful experience of our Butterfly Garden from Imagido we were inspired to extend our very Hungry Caterpillar into a peg butterfly.
To create our butterfly’s body and wings I used soft twist plant ties purchased from the garden section of B&M (also available from Amazon). The wire was easy to manipulate and any sharp pieces were covered. I added antenna by winding together a blue and purple pipe cleaner.
Due to the weight of our Hungry Caterpillar and our experience of making the clothespin heart over on Red Ted Art, I opted to use miniature wooden pegs for our butterfly. For our Hungry Caterpillar I painted our pegs using the zip-loc bag method. However, this time I purchased multi-coloured minature pegs.
I demonstrated to Adam how to create a repeating pattern with the coloured pegs and how to place them around the butterfly’s wings. It was a great activity to reinforce Adam’s colour recognition and fine motor skills. Although Adam needed support with this as the small pegs were difficult to manipulate, he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
With one half of the butterfly completed we attempted to get the other wing exactly the same.
We now have the complete set of characters from the Very Hungry Caterpillar story. We have our own peg caterpillar and peg butterfly.
* Soft Twist Plant Tie available from B&M and Amazon
* Multi-coloured minature pegs – we used a pack of 100 pegs
* Blue and purple pipe cleaner
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