Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle! - June 25

My very creative friend, Melanie, posted this on her blog, Espresso Yourself Creatively.

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" inspired windsock/kite & sandwiches

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's...a caterpillar kite? Or a windsock, depending on which kid you ask. Inspired by all the great bug books, we read a few of our favorites today and had a blast with painting outside. All the boys have made caterpillars from small plates at preschool, but took it one step further and tied it to ribbon. The wind kept blowing it away, and before we knew it...a kite was taking flight!

Grab some paper plates & start painting!

Love, love, love washable outdoor paint!

Punch holes in the sides of the plates &
tie the plates together with ribbon.

We glued on googly eyes:

Our caterpillar, looking for some food:

Two of our favorite books:
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (Eric Carle)
"Caterpillar Spring Butterfly Summer" (Hood/Gevry)

Even though we'd had a big snack, to quote Eric Carle: "...but we were still hungry."
So, we headed in to make these fun caterpillar inspired sandwiches:

Easy, easy with a Pampered Chef circle sandwich maker,
and my toddler loved decorating them with fruit loops, grapes, and sprinkles:)

At our picnic we even saw a butterfly flutter by,
but who puts down a sprinkle sandwich to take a picture?

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks
to us every hour, if we will only tune in."
(George Washington Carver)

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