We've seen the magic of Eric Carle with his many books and shows, even here on our own stage. Now we get to see how that magic combines with that of the holiday season. We're pretty sure it will be a colorful experience that you won't want to miss.

We thought it would be nice for you and your little one to start playing with color at home before you come to see the show. I know there are several popsicle stick crafts, but this is what you might call an advanced craft project of the craft stick variety, so your little one will need some help. But they will enjoy their part and the result will be adorable.

Materials needed:

  • Jumbo Craft sticks
  • Chenille stems
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors


  • 1. Cut one jumbo popsicle stick in half, and anothoer stick at about 1" from the end.
  • 2. Arrange them to make a wiggly caterpillar with the small popsicle piece for the head. Use hot glue to adhere the pieces together.
  • 3. Create a "M" shape out of the blue pipe cleaner, making the middle point.
  • 4. Squish this shape together to form the caterpillar's antenna. Wrap the long end of the blue pipe cleaner around head of caterpillar to attach it to the popsicle stick.
  • 5. Wrap the rest of the head in red pipe cleaners, going around the tip to form a rounded shape.
  • 6. To create the colors of the classic Hungry Caterpillar, use different colored pipe cleaners to wrap the body: Green, light green, yellow green, yellow and a bit of blue. Take 3 or 4 different colors at a time. Start at the back and wrap around. You can go back and separate the colors a bit to make sure there is a variety showing.
  • 7. To make the eyes, cut two small pieces of yellow pipe cleaner and bend them in half. Use a green marker to color the inside part. Hot glue these to the face with a small piece of green pipe cleaner for the mouth.

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DCT Staff Thoughts

The artwork of Eric Carle has always fascinated me. His style, and his method make his work immediately recognizable. How perfect it is to combine his work with the beauty of the holidays. I know white lights are classy, but I like the colored lights. With big bulbs! I like color, and I don't think I'm the only one. That makes this such a perfect show to share with your family. Also, while we're talking about that hungry caterpillar, this craft also makes a great little addition to your child's place setting to remind them to eat nice green leaves every once in a while!

These activities are for you to enjoy while you are at home, and hopefully bring a little DCT fun into your quality time together. We have found that the more prepared our audiences can be before they get to the theater, the more engaged they will be as an audience. Enjoy your time together, and we will see you at the theater!

Sherry Ward
DCT Communications



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