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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What you need

Your listening ears.


Reading to babies and young children contributes to the development of their growing brains and gives them a good start towards a lifelong love of reading and good literature. In addition, reading to your baby is an important way to grow their vocabulary—first, their understanding of vocabulary and making connections between pictures and sounds, and later, their speaking vocabulary.

The experience

A much-loved classic, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simple, hopeful story. 

The book features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of food before emerging as a beautiful and colourful butterfly. 

After admiring the wonderful illustrations, why not try and create a collage of a big, fat caterpillar or a beautiful butterfly? Source and pre-cut a few pieces of paper such as newspaper and magazine pieces of paper, tissue paper, foil etc. to make your very own collage. 

For older children, you could also try this: cut a hole out of a piece of paper and create a picture around it. What could the hole represent? A window in a beautiful building? A missing piece of a puzzle? A gigantic hole in the ground? The mouth of the very hungry caterpillar?