My three year old loves to color and paint. Recently, he has also been asking lots of questions about bugs, caterpillars, butterfiles, worms, and so on.
His new favorite books are even Hermie the Common Caterpillar.
I decided to combine all of the above mentioned three year old favorites into one easy activity, thumbprint caterpillar bookmarks.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
a paper cutter or scissors
Cut the paper into strips the size of bookmarks
Mark dots on the paper to use as a guide for your childs thumbprints
Help your child apply paint to his thumb. If you need to, gently guide them as they stamp dots of their thumbprint onto the bookmark.
When the paint is completely dry, use a black marker to draw simple feet and eyes.
You could even take it a step further and glue google eyes onto your caterpillar. I also punched a hole at the top and added a little ribbon.
This is such a simple project, but your little one can gain so much.
Discuss with them what the paint feels like on their finger. Is is cold? Slimy?
What color is it?
Count with your preschooler the number of dots for each caterpillar.
Talk about caterpillars and how they grow and change into butterfiles.
Enjoy the quality time, touching their little hands as you help them paint.
Make enough for them to share with family members or friends. They will be so proud of their finished product!