Caterpillar Puppet Brings Eric Carle’s Story to Life

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 by 1 Comment
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

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • MomHomeGuide

    Eric Carle’s books are great! This puppet would be a great addition to story time. Another good book series is “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson.