Craig thought that it would be great if the Lightning Bugs had cousins that came out to brighten up rainy days. He would call them Sunshine Caterpillars! Since Sunshine Caterpillars wouldn’t fly, they could come out on even the rainiest days without worrying about hurting their wings. Craig thought that Sunshine Caterpillars could climb up stems and branches, hide under leaves and flash their warm yellow lights to cheer everyone up when it was dreary and drizzly outside.
The Sunshine Caterpillar he made to show everyone what they would look like if they were real doesn’t have a light, but Craig thinks it’s still more than bright and cheerful enough to make anyone smile! You can make a Sunshine Caterpillar of your very own. Here’s all you have to do:
What you need
One three section piece of a foam egg carton (paper egg cartons would work as well)
1 inch squares of yellow tissue paper
White school glue
Crayons, markers or colored pencils
What you do
1) Set the egg carton piece so that the bumps point up. (It will look a little like a caterpillar body this way)
2) On a washable or disposable surface, squeeze out a small puddle of white school glue.
3) Gather all of the edges of the tissue paper square together (not neatly) so that when you pinch it between your thumb and finger the middle sticks out.
4) Dip the part of the tissue paper bundle that sticks out of your fingers very lightly into the white glue puddle.
5) Stick the gluey tissue paper to the foam egg carton “caterpillar”. The edges and corners should be sticking out so they look sort of like flower petals or very small sun rays.
(Note: Do you have smaller younglings? Try having them stick their pointer finger out. Then gather the tissue paper around their finger. Next have them poke the glue puddle and then poke the egg carton piece with their tissue paper covered finger while you hold the piece in place. Just remember to let go of the tissue paper before they pull their finger away. This is a great teamwork exercise and wonderful practice for those developing motor skills!)
6) Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 a LOT of times to fill in the whole surface of your egg carton “caterpillar”. (Note: if you are doing this project with smaller little ones, you may want to just go around the edges or on the very top of each bump instead due to shorter attention spans.)
7) Let this part dry while you make a face for your Sunshine Caterpillar. Let your child decide what shape they want to cut out. Then they can draw the face with crayons, colored pencils or markers.
8) Glue the face onto one end of your tissue paper covered egg carton and you have a Sunshine Caterpillar!
Craig called his caterpillar Herman and gave him to Mother Bat so she could have a little sunshine in the cave that wouldn’t hurt her eyes! Mother Bat told him that he had a very “bright” idea!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!