The Very Hungry Caterpillars

Monday, 8 July 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillars

I would like to start this post by telling you it has made me question my sanity. However, rest assured it is just a case of getting wrapped up in the excitement of a 5 year old and an excuse to eat cake!

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!






21 comments:

daisy broomfield said...

That's hilarious! What brilliant fun. I hope they turn into extra specially beautiful butterflies after such royal treatment!! x

Louise Fairweather said...

The boys loved it and will remember it so I suppose that is the main thing. x

Lous Lake Views said...

Well who knew you could buy caterpillars and get them delivered by Royal Mail!!! NOT ME! :-D What a fun learning experience for the kids.

Louise Fairweather said...

You could just get one from the garden but I was worried I would kill it if I put it in a tub with some leaves!

Swallow Barn said...

ah it sounds great!

Suzanne Whitton said...

Aw this made me smile from start to finish, I am in total awe of your amazing mummy skills! Still can't quite believe that you had a caterpillar party though! How do you think they will feel when the precious butterflies decide it's time to go :(

Mummy of Two said...

That is such a lovely thing to do! Isn't it funny how they get attached to things! My son found a snail 'Cyril' a couple of weeks ago and loved being his 'Daddy' for the day.

Jaime Oliver said...

wow i want some!! i didnt know you could buy caterpillars! I love the fact you had a party and one shortly lol

thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

Tas D said...

I had no idea you could caterpillars delivered by post. They look like they've become such a big part of your family. Love your caterpillar themed day! :)

Louise Fairweather said...

I'm not amazing - I shout a lot and the house is a mess!

Louise Fairweather said...

You said you didn't like creepy crawlies!

Cathie B said...

This is just gorgeous............... Lucas loved the Hungry Caterpillar story and I've just shown him your photos. Think I might be ordering some caterpillars.......... Popping over from #wotsofunee

AtoZ Mummy said...

This sounds like such a fab day! I love the caterpillar race - genius!

Ruth said...

Wow that looks like a lot of caterpillar themed fun! I love the fact that they survived the sorting office!! :)

The Mini Mes and Me said...

How sweet :) I want a caterpillar party too! x

Sara Murray said...

What a brilliant day - reminds me that I must order the caterpillars for the butterfly 'garden' that the 7yo got for his birthday :) Love all the caterpillar themed ideas!

Louise Fairweather said...

That's what this is - I hope you will have a party ;-)

Tori Wel said...

I love that you have completely themed the day in caterpillar style - looks like they had a brilliant time :)

Glenda Gee said...

This is a lovely idea. Don't they just love mini beasts. Great idea for a party.

Emily Foran said...

I think I'd better order some of those for Madam - we were hoping to collect the ones that hatched on and massacred the cauliflowers but can't find them or the cocoons anywhere - they'll make a perfect addition to our butterfly garden ;) xx

Actually Mummy... said...

That is super cute! What a good Mummmy you are :)