The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Re-enactment!)


My kids and the small red-headed girl next door re-enacted the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can make a simple caterpillar sock puppet by hot gluing some google eyes onto a sock. Then have your kids draw, color, and cut out the many foods that the caterpillar eats throughout the book.

One of my sons filmed and edited the video. The small red-headed girl next door read the story, and my daughter played the part of the caterpillar puppet that chewed through lots of food because it was so hungry. At last the caterpillar became a cocoon, and then he emerged as a butterfly!

Take a look at our cute re-enactment of this classic children’s story:

Hungry Caterpillar Display with Fruit

A fun idea to get young children to eat more fruit is to make piles of pineapple, blueberries, grapes, and raspberries for the different sections of the caterpillar’s body. The head can be an apple with toothpicks stabbed with blueberries for the antenae! You can place the whole display on a cutting board.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Unit Study

If you are making this into a unit study, you can also do the following hands-on activities:

  • Make a tissue paper butterfly craft (with free printable)
  • Create stained glass window bowls
  • Tie dye coffee filter butterflies
  • Read other books about butterflies
  • Chase butterflies with a butterfly net and identify them
  • Watch a butterfly drink nectar from a flower

You can find instructions on how to make each of these crafts here:


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14 Responses to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Re-enactment!)”

  1. This is so cute. I loved this book for my kids when they were little!

  2. Heidi says:

    This was a favorite in our house! What a fun way to make it interactive for kids!

  3. Sonia says:

    All three of mine love this story and there are some great ideas here. I love it!

  4. Andrea says:

    Reminds me of one of those cartoons I used to watch as a kid – cute….

  5. Melissa says:

    Such a cute video! And making it into a unit study would be a lot of fun for all ages depending upon the level of detail and scientific information involved!

  6. I loved hearing that little voice read this story! Also, what a creative re-enactment!!! <3 Adorable! My 3 year old loved watching!

  7. Julie says:

    So cute! My son’s first birthday was the Hungry Caterpillar! We had the spread of food listed in the book and it was a hit!

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