After reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the gazillionth time, your young Picasso wants to create his own illustrative masterpiece.
Thankfully, kids can now get tips from the Caterpillar artist with a range of pads and sketchbooks.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pad has 50 sheets of drawing paper, eight printed artwork sheets, and fifteen stencils. Other books in the series offer similar features. Each has a how-to section with easy-to-follow steps, so budding artists can create their own colorful characters.
Hoping for some inspired creations?
Your walls will be crawling with them.
Available online at dickblick.com.
Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China
What: Experience life in one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
Why: Join the culture club.
When: Opens Wed. Mon.-Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Boston Children’s Museum, 300 Congress St., Seaport District (617-426-6500).
Wild About Amphibians
What: Spot frogs, salamanders, and other creatures in their natural environment.
Why: It’s one for the cold-blooded.
When: Sat., 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick (508-655-2296).
What: Visit the garden, plant flowers, and pot plants to take home.
Why: Reap what you grow.
When: Sun., 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: New England Wild Flower Society, at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Register at 508-877-7630 ext. 3303 or email@example.com.