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Insects are nature’s tiny marvels for young explorers.

Discover their magic with a captivating craft that transforms a simple straw wrapper into a caterpillar. Engage your child in scientific exploration, while fostering observation skills and curiosity. This hands-on activity enhances fine motor skills through cutting and manipulating paper. It also enriches language development with new vocabulary. Start conversations with open-ended questions about insect shapes, behaviors, encounters, metamorphosis, adaptations, and habitats to deepen understanding. Encourage your little explorer to marvel at insects’ diverse shapes and colors, ponder their fascinating behaviors, and explore their role in ecosystems. With each conversation, your child’s curiosity will blossom, nurturing a lifelong appreciation for nature’s wonders.

– Green cardstock
– Tissue
– Green straw
– Green, yellow, and black markers
– Wooden dowel
– Scissors
– Glue

1. Fold the paper in half and cut out a leaf shape. Then, accordion fold it to create crimps.
2. Cut a strip of the green paper, rolling it into a tube for the straw. Glue it to the back of the leaf.
3. Wrap a thin piece of tissue around a small wooden dowel. Glue it to itself when you reach the end.
4. Once dry, push the tissue down the dowel to scrunch it up.
5. Draw lines and dots on the tissue to create your caterpillar. Gently pull it off the dowel.
6. Slide the straw through the rolled paper and glue the front of the caterpillar to the front of the straw and the back of it to the paper tube.
7. Make some moves! The caterpillar should scrunch and stretch as you move the straw through the tube.