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Weekends with Gage – Caterpillar to Butterfly

This week Gage came home from summer camp  with a little caterpillar he’d made out of a milk carton and he was so proud of it.  When I say made I’m pretty sure he just put the green paint on, but he was excited about it.  We do read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleThe Very Hungry Caterpillar  so I thought it would be fun to make a butterfly to go with this caterpillar.  My mom cut out some beautiful wings and I collected some things to glue and stick on.  He was having a hyper day so I wasn’t sure how receptive he would be, but he saw the set up on the table and started saying butterfly and getting excited so I thought we had a chance.  He lasted about 5 minutes, but that’s okay.  He glued, stuck, and markered it up.  My mom and I put the antennae and cotton bodies on after.  Ta-da.  Crafts are not his favorite thing so I’m going to have to think of something more active for this week.

butterflythe set up Those cardboard rolls in the middle were going to be our bodies until we went with something simpler)

butterfly1Carefully placing a blue pom pom that he will try to move a few times.

butterfly2Having grandma make one too was part of the fun!

butterfly3And the finished product.  Can you tell which one is Gage’s?  I put his caterpillar above  it as a hint.

France 042There’s no butterfly here now but it would be the perfect place for one 😉  This was taken in a village in the French countryside. Sorry I don’t know which one.(courtesy of Bookbath)



July 21, 2013 - Posted by | Gage, Kids Books | ,


  1. I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my kids (now 37, 34, and 29!) way back when. Along with the other Eric Carle books. Timeless.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  2. I’m really looking forward to crafting with A. 🙂

    Comment by Word Lily | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  3. I wanna crafting with Gage!!

    Comment by gautami.tripathy | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  4. I love this…and I just love that book…I miss those days…

    Comment by pinkim95 | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  5. Gabe loves the Hungry Catepillar! How fun to make some butterflies and talk about the change they make. And another beautiful pic!!!

    Comment by Heather | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  6. It looks like he did great to me!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  7. Looks like so much fun.

    Comment by Anne | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  8. I never saw a boy last that long at crafts! You did great!!! :–)

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  9. This book was a favorite with all three of my girls! Great craft project, too 🙂

    Comment by lakesidemusing | July 22, 2013 | Reply

  10. I think I need to take Gage home with me and soon!! My boys are all leaving the nest 😦

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | July 22, 2013 | Reply

  11. Gage can’t be old enough for summer camp is he?

    Comment by kelley | July 24, 2013 | Reply

  12. Gage looks so intent on his caterpillar project:)

    Comment by Diane@BibliophilebytheSea | July 24, 2013 | Reply

  13. What a fun idea!! Elle LOVES butterflies but I’m sad to say that I’ve never taken the time to do crafts with her because we’re usually so go go go on the weekend. I love your creativity with Gage!

    Comment by Trish | July 31, 2013 | Reply

  14. アバクロ

    Comment by アバクロ 半袖シャツ | September 11, 2013 | Reply

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