Mini Picturebook Lesson 4: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for Egg-Box Caterpillar: egg-box, pipe-cleaners, glue, paint, scissors, pens
  • Materials for Butterfly-Collage: coloured paper, scissors, glue, pens
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the caterpillar on the front cover: colour, size, shape, body parts. 
ResearchWhat do caterpillars like to eat? 
PersonaliseWhat do you like to eat when you are very hungry?
ReviseRevise the days of the week.
ThinkWhat do you the think the 50 on the front cover represents?

STEP 2: Listen & Watch

Listen & Watch (A)Who does Eric Carle dedicate the story to?
 What does the caterpillar begin its life as?
 What does the caterpillar eat on each day of the week?
 How does the caterpillar feel on Saturday night?
 What does the caterpillar eat on the Sunday?
Listen & Watch (B)What does the caterpillar build around himself? 
 What happens to the caterpillar after two weeks?
 Name the colours you see on the last double spread?

STEP 3: Add your Voice

Choose & CreateMake a butterfly-collage or an egg-box-caterpillar.
DiscoverFollow the colour key to discover 6 butterflies from around the world. (download below)
Research Find out in which continents the 6 butterflies are found.
ThinkWhich country do you think Eric Carle’s butterfly lives in? (The food will give you clues).
CompareRewrite and illustrate ‘Saturday’ with foods typical of your country. 
DiscoverWatch the animation of the story. Which musical instruments and sound effects can you hear?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom. 


©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, published by Puffin Books 1994

Video © Puffin Time for Stories