Kids Go Gardening - the hairy caterpillar

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You might remember reading The Hungry Caterpillar when you were smaller, the story about the caterpillar who ate a mountain of food and turned into a beautiful butterfly. 

Making your own Hungry Caterpillar is easy and fun!  Emily made hers out of stockings and grass seed. 

What you need:

  • Potting mix
  • Grass seed
  • A knee-high stocking
  • Decorations

How to make it:

  • Mix the grass seed into the soil mixture and pour into the stocking. 
  • When the stocking is just about full, section it off with rubber bands or twine to make the caterpillar shape.
  • Tie off the end.
  • Put your caterpillar in water for ten minutes to give it a good soak then put it in a plastic bag overnight.
  • Take it out of the bag the next day and add some eyes and caterpillar antennae – pipe cleaners are good for that.   Emily’s caterpillar has very googly eyes!
  • Leave in a sunny spot.

Water your caterpillar every couple of days and watch it get hairier and hungrier over the next few weeks!

A few surprising facts about caterpillars

  • A caterpillar has only one job – to eat!  

They eat a huge amount for several weeks and will eat 27,000 times their body weight during this life phase.

  • Caterpillars can increase their body mass by as much as 1,000 times or more!
  • When a caterpillar hatches from its egg, it eats the eggshell.
  • Muscle man!  A caterpillar has up to 4,000 muscles in its body (us humans have around 629)
  • Caterpillars have 12 eyes but don’t have great eyesight!
  • Caterpillars have only 6 real legs – the others are called prolegs, which helps them hold on and climb.



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