This Valentine’s Day, have your children create a collage in the style of Eric Carle!
A Valentine’s Day Caterpillar
This activity, inspired by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is the perfect Valentine’s Day craft for young children.
How to Prepare Painted Tissue Papers:
- Squeeze paint (acrylic, water or poster paint) into a dish, add water and stir.
- Place a single sheet of tissue paper on a clean surface.
- Paint bold strokes onto the tissue paper. (Hint: Lift up tissue paper briefly, so it doesn’t stick to the surface.) Let it dry on newspapers while working on other tissue papers.
- Apply a second color. Perhaps in wavy blue brush strokes. Again, lift tissue paper and let it dry on newspapers.
- Apply a third color. Yellow dots might look nice.
- Apply a fourth color. Perhaps black painted onto a piece of carpet which can be used to make textured prints on top of the red, blue, and yellow design.
How to Make an Eric Carle Collage:
- Draw a caterpillar (or any creature you like) onto tracing paper or other transparent paper. Valentine’s Day Twist: Have your children try to draw a caterpillar made with hearts.
- Place the drawing on top of a red tissue paper and with kid-safe scissors cut through both tracing and tissue papers. Be careful!
- Cut out each section at a time: First the face, then each segment of the caterpillar.
- Turn the face over and apply a thin layer of glue or wallpaper paste.
- Paste it onto a white illustration board or similar material.
- Cut out the first green segment of the caterpillar’s body.
- Place the tracing paper, with head and body segment removed, as a guide for pasting down the green segment.
- Repeat steps 6 & 8, selecting different shades of green for each segment until the body is finished.
- Carefully cut out the eyes: Moisten the area around the eyes; wait a second, lift and remove the eyes.
- Cut out yellow, green, and brown parts for eyes, nose, and feet, and glue them into their places.
- Use crayons or colored pencils for the final touch.