Flannel Friday: 5 Little Caterpillars/5 Little Butterflies

10 Feb

I must admit, I am VERY proud of how this one turned out. The text is (again) from Storytime Magic but the felt pieces are my patterns (based on clipart pictures I used for the basic shapes; although the tree branch I did freehand).

“Five little caterpillars and not one more…

One spun a cocoon and then there were four.”

The rhymes continue until there are nothing but cocoons hanging from the tree:


One cocoon opened underneath the sun,

Now there’s a butterfly and that makes one.”

This continues until there are five butterflies!

Here’s a closeup of the butterfly and his corresponding caterpillar. The antennae are made from a pipe cleaner, glued between the body and wings of the butterfly.

I got the idea for the caterpillar paint from a monarch butterfly caterpillar which has similar stripes.  I am working on a template with the basic patterns that I will post here ASAP. But I KNOW all you creative types can just as well make your own beautiful bugs and butterflies!

Happy flanneling!

Library Quine is hosting the roundup today so head on over there to check out ALL the flannel-y goodness! And click the link to the right to see our Pinterest page.

18 Responses to “Flannel Friday: 5 Little Caterpillars/5 Little Butterflies”

  1. Shalane April 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I was just wondering if there is a template yet? 😀

  2. Leah February 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    The detail in all the pieces are so wonderful. Thanks for the ideas.

  3. Leah February 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    You have great reason to be proud. I would be too. Nice detail in all the pieces.

  4. mvillhauer February 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    So cute! I really love this one, great job! 🙂

  5. molliekay February 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    The cocoons are so cute (as are your caterpillars)! Can’t wait to use this felt board in storytime.

  6. Andrea February 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Love the branch and the cocoons!

  7. K @ Storytime Fun February 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Oh, my! I do so love butterflies! You did a TREMENDOUSLY wonderful job on this flannel! I know I have mentioned it before ~ but I am going to say it again ~ I love using count-down AND count-up rhymes together. This one is so delightful! It is at the TOP of my to-do list. Thank you!

  8. Erica February 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    These are really beautiful – I too really love the cocoons and I also like your branch – The free hand stuff actually really keeps things interesting. I think TOO much clip art is less interesting. Very beautiful

  9. Recipe for Reading February 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    You should be so proud of this flannel board–the pieces are beautiful! I love the accents you put on everything. I will be making this for my spring theme!

  10. Sharon February 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    There isn’t much else to say… they’re right. It’s smart to include the whole process!

  11. a bad case of books February 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    The cocoons are perfect!

  12. librerin February 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Wow! These are beautiful!

  13. Bridget R. Wilson February 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Oh, this is great! I’m having a Bugs Family Story Time in March and this would be wonderful. I may just have to borrow it. 🙂

  14. 1234 More Storytimes February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    This is just super flannel fabulousness! Love it!

  15. Anne (@sotomorrow) February 10, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Ohmigosh. Little felt cocoons! And I thought I’d just about seen it all!

  16. Library Quine February 10, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Your justified in being proud of these pieces, they’re lovely!
    You’ll find this and other great Flannel Board ideas on the Flannel Friday roundup at loonsandquines.blogspot.com.

  17. Melissa Depper (@MelissaZD) February 10, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I love the cocoons! How wonderful to include that step of the transformation. Thank you!


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