Our arts and crafts activity will be to paint a caterpillar on a t-shirt and/or tote bag using a stencil.
- T-shirt/tote bag
- fabric paint (your choice of colors)
- paint brush or sponge brush
- cardboard, oaktag, etc.
- black permanent marker (to make a caterpillar eye)
- Place a piece of cardboard inside the T-shirt. (The fabric paint will probably bleed through the front of the shirt.)
- Place the stencil on top of the shirt (or tote bag) in the desired location.
- Have the student use a paint brush or sponge brush to paint inside the stencil.
- Remove the stencil carefully.
- Leave the cardboard inside the shirt.
- Move the shirt carefully to a place where it can dry for approximately 24 hours.
- Use a fine point permanent black marker or fabric paint to add an eye to the caterpillar.
- Have students put on the shirts and read some awesome caterpillar, butterfly, and insect books.
- Put caterpillar, butterfly, and other insect books in the tote bag for traveling with the students.
The t-shirts, paint, and stencils were bought at Michaels Craft Store.
If you would like to coordinate the T-shirts with Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you could paint the head of the caterpillar with red fabric paint.
Follow-up Reading and Science Activities