The classic tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is extremely popular with the little ones and adults alike, making it a brilliant idea for a first birthday party theme.
If you’re expecting a lot of young guests, we’d suggest keeping the party activities and games simple and straightforward. But, we have a heap of fun ideas to keep everyone occupied, from garden games to finger painting.
All you need for this activity is some empty tins and – if you have the time – some materials to decorate with. Cover the tins with red paper and add green eyes, a black nose and black antenna so they look like the Hungry Caterpillar’s face.
At the party, stack the tins on top of each other and get the children to knock down the cans with a soft ball – great fun!
Pin the head on the caterpillar.
We love this cute twist on the traditional party game. When it’s your turn, you’re blindfolded and need to pin the read face on the caterpillar’s body. Another sweet idea is to print out all of the treats that the Hungry Caterpillar loves to munch on and get your blindfolded players to stick the food as close to the bug’s mouth as possible.
Caterpillar paper chains.
Paper chains are simple to make and can be taken home as adorable keepsakes. Cut out strips of card or paper prior to the gettogether and be sure to supervise small children with the glue!
Caterpillar head pinata.
Pinatas are becoming more and more popular at children’s parties so this Hungry Caterpillar version is just perfect. Get wacking!
Cork painted caterpillars.
Grown-ups – get to work and collect up your corks in the run up to the party! They can be used by small children to print beautiful and simple caterpillars with a bit of creativity and some paint.
Butterfly and caterpillar playdough.
Playdough is an excellent way to spark some creativity and tune up those fine motor skills. Grab some from the shop or DIY your own before the birthday bash.
We have a tonne of Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday ideas here.