My husband and I gave my younger son this for Easter:
After waiting a few weeks for the caterpillars to arrive in the mail, they finally came!
And ever since, we’ve been on chrysalis watch.
In the meantime, we’ve been doing caterpillar crafts!
(This is really my way of keeping my boys from jostling the caterpillar jar about killing the poor things…but hey, it works as an attention diverter!)
So, I thought I should share them with you.
Cut the top off, and cut the bottom in half length-wise. Each carton makes two caterpillars.
Next, we pulled out some left over pom-poms, a popsicle stick and some more bread ties.
The third caterpillar is my personal favorite.
Not only did it cut down on my overflowing scrap paper bin, but it’s changed my boys’ behavior.
Yes, changed their behavior.
We started by cutting out tons of circles – all the same size (again, VERY handy to have a circle cutter).
We started the caterpillar by “threading” the first circle through, and drew a smiley face on him.
Then, it was up to the boys (and their behavior) to add the body.
Everytime I “caught them being good or helpful,” they earned a circle.
They really responded well to the positive reinforcement!
But, you don’t need to do an incentive plan in order to have fun doing this craft.
So, whether you choose to recycle, make patterns, or improve behaviors,
the whole point is to be creative and have fun!