The Very Hungry Caterpillar Song

One of the favorite authors in preschool classrooms is Eric Carle. His colorful illustrations and simple text make these books fun to read again and again.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a very special book!  It’s simple, engaging story and beautiful illustrations capture the imagination and inspire all sorts of creative learning activities. You can use this book to teach many different things: Life cycle of the butterfly, days of the week, food categories, healthy eating habits, counting and many more.

Young children can “read” this books for themselves, too, after hearing or singing it a few times .Here you have our “Caterpillar Song”:



Butterfly life cycle

caterpillar-chrysalis-adultMany insects like butterflies have four separate stages of life cycle, each completely different from others. Mummy butterfly lays eggs on  green leaves. After a few days, a small caterpillar comes out of the egg. This caterpillar is very hungry and feeds voraciously, growing quickly in size. Once the caterpillar is big enough, it stops eating and enters the transformation stage. It builts a cocoon around itself and, two weeks later, a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. This adult butterfly lays eggs  and the life cycle  starts again.

Moitos insectos coma as bolboretas ten catro estados diferenciados no seu crecemento, cada un diferente dos outros. A bolboretas poñen  ovos nas follas verdes e, uns poucos días despois, sae unha pequena oruga. Esta está famenta e aliméntase vorazmente, crecendo rápidamente en tamaño. Unha vez que a oruga é o suficientemente grande, deixa de comer e comenza o estado de transformación. Construe un casulo ó seu redor do cal, dúas semanas máis tarde, sae unha bolboreta. Esta bolboreta adulta poñerá ovos comezando asi outra vez o ciclo da vida.

pizap.com13697784130831Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a great excuse for learning about  the cycle life of a butterfly.

O libro de Eric Carle, A oruga glotona, é unha boa escusa para aprender o ciclo de vida das bolboretas.

Here you have some videos to learn how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.

Aquí vos deixo uns videos para que vexades como unha oruga se transforma en bolboreta.


Egg carton caterpillars

We continue working on insects  in a fun way.

I started this activity by having children watch “The very hungry caterpillar” film. It was fantastic to see how interested my kids got watching the film version of this Eric Carle’s book. They liked it so much that  I had to read them the story each time we took the activity up.

Comezamos esta actividade coa película do libro de Eric Carle “A oruga glotona”. Foi fantástico ver o entusiasmados que estaban todos con esta historia e, tanto lles gustou, que tiven que lerlles o conto cada vez que retomabamos a actividade.

This is a classic but very easy and simple art craft.

Material needed/ Material necesario

Empty egg cartons (each kid needs a row)/Cartóns de ovos baleiros (cada rapaz necesita unha fila)

Green and red paint/Pintura verde e vermella


Coloured pipe cleaners/Limpiadores de pipas de cores

Wiggle eyes/Ollos móbiles

And don’t forget wipes and towel papers.

E non esquezades toalliñas húmidas e papel.


 You can also use this activity to review colours and some parts of the body.

Ademais podedes aproveitar esta actividade para revisar as cores e algunhas partes do corpo.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle. It is a suitable book to teach  numbers, days of the week, foods and the cycle life  of a butterfly.

First of all, here you have a fantastic version of this tale. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do

After watching the video, we read the story  and my students drew what they liked best about the tale.Do you want to take a look at their illustrations?

The very hungry caterpillar from María Abilleira Pomar on Vimeo.

There are many different activities, art crafts, videos, colouring pages,… to work with this story.Here you have one lim I’ve created for my 1st Grades.