Let me start at the beginning. Big man has been learning about mini beasts at school and when he saw the advert on Nick Jnr to buy some caterpillars he kept asking and asking. I am not one for pets, so seeing as these required minimal looking after and would be set free after a month, I gave in to his nagging and bought some.
Our caterpillars arrived on Monday after having spent the weekend in a Royal Mail sorting office and survived! They were small and cute and big man fell in love. He took them to school the next day, and to McDonalds! They were a talking point and one little girl wouldn't leave us alone with all her questions.
Big man also started his questions. Do caterpillars like roller coasters? Can we have a party for the caterpillars as they won't have a birthday? I think I was still wondering about the roller coaster question and before I knew it I had agreed to two parties. One for the caterpillars and one for when they turn into butterflies!
So after speaking to big man about the requirements of a caterpillar party, we decided that he would make a leaf arrangement for the table and I would buy the foods that the hungry caterpillar ate.
We sang the cabbage patch song and let off party poppers.
Big man decided that it was important to have a caterpillar race. Strangely when baby man did well at this, the rules changed so that the winner was the "caterpillar" that came last. I suggested that maybe he was changing the rules so that he could win. "No Mummy, it is because caterpillars are slow!"
Our place mats were also Play Doh mats from twinkl, so whilst I set up the flour game Big man completed these.
For those of you not aware of the flour game, you have a sandcastle of flour that you stick a sweet in the top. you then take it in turns to cut away the flour. If the sweet falls you get to eat it, but have to get it out of the flour with your mouth.
And my favourite was the blindfold taste testing of a variety of the hungry caterpillar foods that he ate in the book.
We ended our caterpillar themed day by reading The Hungry Caterpillar book. I don't think the caterpillars know how loved they are. I think that they will soon be wrapping themselves in their cocoons and getting ready for their very own butterfly party!