As part of our focus on the book, "The Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, we made a floor mural of the Hungry Caterpillar.
We began by looking at the caterpillar in the book and how it had been created (e.g., the shapes and colours used).
Encouraging children to look at the illustrations of books to see how different artists have created them, is a simple way of assisting children to look at art in a meaningful way.
Next we headed outside to do some painting. This involved painting sheets of paper in the colours needed for the caterpillar. There were plenty of green pieces of paper, a red one, as well as a piece of paper with blue, yellow and brown.
Once the paper was dry, we cut the shapes out. The easiest way to do this was to draw the shapes in pencil on the back side of the painted paper.
The next step - put the features of the face together. Looks a bit scary on its own, doesn't it?
We rolled some clear contact out on the floor, sticky side up.
The trick to this is to tape two corners of the contact to the floor so that the contact stays in one place while the backing paper is pulled away.
Time to assemble the caterpillar. This was a bit tricky in the sense that it had to be laid out, on the contact, with the right side facing down towards the floor.
Replace the backing paper so that the contact is again covered over. Cut the contact that you've used away from the roll of contact.
The idea of replacing the backing paper is to enable the contact to be shifted around without it clinging to everything it comes near.
It also makes sticking the contact to the floor easier as you can pull the backing paper off little by little, smoothing out air bubbles as you go.
The end result of our art project was one very big, very bright, very colourful caterpillar.
As we have recently been learning the order of the days of the week, we wrote the days on the caterpillar's body with permanent marker.
Filling the environment with written words gives children countless opportunities to read.
Our caterpillar is stuck to the hall floor which leads to the bathroom. Hopefully, this will offer plenty of opportunity for little feet to stop, read and recall what we've been learning.
If nothing else, our Very Hungry Caterpillar brightens up our hallway.
Have you made a Very Hungry Caterpillar? We'd love to hear about it.
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