Caterpillar Puppet Brings Eric Carle’s Story to Life
Since I have several expecting friends, I’ve been looking for cute baby shower gift ideas that are a bit more unique than giving someone yet another decorated onesie.
One of my favorite finds so far is this adorable caterpillar puppet modeled after Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s a basic plush hand puppet, so you simply wiggle your fingers to make the caterpillar nod his head and wiggle his feet.
I’ve heard several studies saying that the best way to raise a well-read child is to start by making story time fun. When my son was a baby, we had several puppets and stuffed animals representing characters in various children’s books. My husband has a fantastic talent for funny voices, but you can still act out stories for your child even if you don’t have full range of sound effects at your disposal.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a natural choice for this type of play with your little one because most children are drawn to the bright colors and repetition in the story. It is also fairly easy to act with the toy food sets most kids have in their rooms.
The caterpillar puppet is available on the Alex and Alexa website for $27. The site also sells a Jack in a box, activity toy, and backpack with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, as well as the book itself. If your budget allows it, I think it would be awesome to give several of these items together as part of a themed gift basket.
Photo credit: Alex and Alexa