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In art class, we read the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. He is an illustrator, who is the artist that creates the pictures in books. First graders created a ladybug using tissue paper like Eric Carle. They also added aphids to my artwork, which are little bugs that eat plants. They learned that ladybugs eat aphids and help save our plants!

Very Hungry Caterpillar daycare craft. Plastic cups for the pieces of the caterpillar, paint/color in the antenna and feet! So simple! My kids loved it.

The very hungry caterpillar visits our room!

Fingerprint Ants: Children would love making ants after listening to a story about ants at a picnic. Doing an apple print also would support the theme. This activity could also be used for an A-themed lesson.

Create a Bug Hunt in the Classroom: Using colorful insect clipart, the teacher could hide these around the room before the children arrive. It would be interesting to hide them in plain site, but on the same color. Then the class could discuss how nature uses camouflage to hide. I have seen something like this done and the children loved it!

Life Cycle lesson - what it's like to break out of a cocoon