Book Cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleIn this project, we will design and fabricate tactile enhancements for the classic picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This story is fun to think about as a multi-modal book due to the many textures, smells and actions you can imagine for the Caterpillar.

Project Resources

Tactile Guidelines for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Pegboard with 3D printed strawberries and small caterpillar.Downloard this version with different fruit models designed by the Build a Better Book Team, 2018.


3D relief model of caterpillar and strawberriesA thermoformed image.


Box with paper fruit on wires that can move up and down.A Paper Mechatronic version with moving parts.


Pipecleaner caterpillar and foam strawberries mounted on board with copper tape circuit. A crafted page incorporating sound using copper tape and Makey Makey or a Bare Conductive Board.