The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Who doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? It’s a timeless firm favourite in our house and is read over and over again always with the same amount of joy. With this in mind, I wanted to create a magically themed picnic for the children based around the book so I set about planning. I wanted to involve Ms A, age 3, in the process and she was more than happy to oblige. 

First of all, we made some butterfly wings using an old sheet. It was an easy design that required no sewing but filled her with joy as she was able to get the paints out!

I cut out some wing shapes to form a cape that would be held on by ties around her shoulders, elbows and wrist (see photo below).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

We then got the paints out and painted and sploshed and used our fingers to decorate. We left it to dry in the sunshine. We used normal poster paints because that was all we had in our art box but you could use acrylics or fabric paints to ensure your wings last longer. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

I cut out some leaf shapes from pieces of card to use as placemats. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

And I used a permanent Sharpie marker pen to decorate an old plate to place some of our food onto. (This pen comes off with hot soapy water.)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Finally, I made a platter of all sorts of yumminess for our picnic. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Then we headed to the beach for some Hungry Caterpillar fun! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Not forgetting, of course, a hefty slice of chocolate cake!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

It looked wonderful…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

Take a peek at our Unicorn Picnic too! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

We made sure we spent some time reading the book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

We even had our own little Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

And plenty of sandy toes…

We’ve also had Gruffalo themed days, Stickman and The BFG.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

After we’d finished our feast we made a cocoon in the sand.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

…and out of it emerged the most beautiful butterfly.

Take a look at our other Fun With Food Ideas.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

It really was a lovely magical few hours spent bringing our favourite book to life!