What’s your favourite Eric Carle book?
That’s a trick question because how do you narrow it down to just one?
Eric Carle celebrated his 90th birthday last week.
Pop the poppers, eat all the cake and celebrate the Grand Master of Picture Books with these 26 creative and fun Eric Carle activities. (Cake is obviously optional but highly recommended.)

Eric Carle activities from Oh Creative Day

Eric Carle’s iconic illustrations are created using this process of painting tissue paper.

This Mister Seahorse project uses aluminium foil and watercolour markers.

Download the template and create your own Very Busy Spider.

Eric Carle really has created a legacy of amazing picture books for generations of children, hasn’t he?

Create some tissue paper stars to accompany “Draw Me A Star.”

Or fireflies made from paper plates to accompany “The Very Lonely Firefly.”

Eric Carle activities from across Instagram


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Two of my Insta Buddies, Laura and Diane, launched a fabulous account over on the ‘Gram.
Their account, A Pop of Culture, celebrates popular culture in a fun and playful way.
They launched with the excellent theme of Eric Carle.
The following Eric Carle activities resulted from this amazing launch theme.
How excellent is 4kids2moms’ Eric Carle-inspired cow that is interactive?!


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Head over to Adventures in Mommyland to see what pantry item Diane used to create this Very Hungry Caterpillar sensory tub.

A beautiful butterfly Hungry Caterpillar-inspired suncatcher from Creating Creatives
Check out all the painted paper fun over at creative_fun_for_kids
Felt cut outs for The Mixed-Up Chameleon from How We Play and Learn. Love this idea!
Sparkly seahorses made from bubble wrap painting from jc.n.co


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These portraits from Make It Your Own, using a variation of Eric Carle’s illustrative technique, gives me all the heart eyes.

Rainbow Mister Seahorses from Scarlette Rose Fairy Art Craft
The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet play from Teach.Investigate.Play
Recounting The Very Hungry Caterpillar through sensory play from We Craft and Play
Bad-Tempered Lady Birds made from paper plates from RachelMoffett13


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You need to go watch this Very Hungry Caterpillar DIY from Mothercould

Some Eric Carle creatures made from painted paper from Kids Make Mess
Such a beautiful floral collage from Littlies Activities
Mister Seahorse puppets from my Insta BFFs, Little Button Diaries
Beautiful moon masterpiece inspired by Papa, Please Get Me The Moon from Making with Mommy


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Want to see one of the coolest things on the Internet of 2019? This Eric Carle activity from Cara Florance involves tissue paper caterpillars that “grow”. Yep, rush over to watch the video!

Retelling The Very Hungry Caterpillar with story sack items from A Playful Mama

I did not know this amazing fact, but Miriam from Cardboard Schoolhouse shared that after the release of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle wanted to create a quartet of Very books to highlight different themes.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a story about Hope.
The Very Busy Spider is about Hard Work.
The Very Quiet Cricket is a story of Love and finding a mate.
And The Very Lonely Firefly is about Belonging.
You need to go and check out the art that Miriam and her team created exploring these themes.

A sensory bin using water beads and shaving cream inspired by Little Cloud from Bookish Play Kids
Scrape painted leaves and darling pom pom caterpillars from Create Laugh Learn

The real question now is, out of all these amazing Eric Carle activities, which one will you choose to try first?

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