We read Hungry Hungry Caterpillar
Then I asked them what inside my surprise ?
Then I open my Caterpillar
I give each child 3 part egg carton
one piece of paper
2 piece pipe cleaner
markers or paint to decorate your Caterpillar (egg carton section )
Once they are done coloring the egg carton I wrap their caterpillar in there paper .
Talking about how the caterpillar build a cocoon .Ours are working really hard at this right now .
Now we laid them on the counter and at nap . You come along and glue down the Caterpillar down and add wings . Already for them to decorate after they open their surprise .
(Isn't metamorphosis amazing )
This idea i got around 5 plus years ago from The best Mailbox book 1.