I found this amazing lesson plan for Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', so I thought I'd give it a whirl with my boys. It was a hit! They loved all of it! We read the story, did a little quiz, then painted tissue paper just like Mr. Carle does! We cut out different foods from a Good Housekeeping magazine, laminated them, punched holes in it and strung it on a piece of yard as a caterpillar food necklace. When the paint was dry on our tissue paper, we cut out circles to make a hungry caterpillar--and they turned out so great! Andrew loved it!
I think the best part of this lesson, aside from creating a super cool painted tissue paper caterpillar, was acting out the life cycle of the butterfly. Why hadn't I thought of this before? We crouched down in a ball (the egg), then we popped out and squirmed on the floor (larva/caterpillar), next we wiggled inside a sleeping bag (cocoon/chrysalis), and then we made our way out of the sleeping bag and flew around the room as butterflies! The boys loved it and they jumped inside their cocoons often throughout the day and turned into beautiful butterflies over and over again. What a lovely way to teach science! And they didn't even know they had learned something awesome! :)
(Oh, and if you go to the link for the lesson plan, make sure you click on the link to learn about painting tissue paper! It takes you straight to Eric Carle's website and you can watch him do his amazing creations step by step! Very cool! Ok, so I had to link it here, too. He is just so awesome!)