Whenever there is laughter with learning and the kids don’t want to stop, I know we have done something right!Supplies: Empty container Yellow, green and red paper Glue Scissors Alphabet letters Plastic food Directions: 1. Create a caterpillar face by cutting a large red oval, two yellow antennas, green nose, and two eyes out of your yellow and green paper. Glue the pieces together. Measure the circumference of your container, trace it onto the caterpillar to make its mouth, and then cut it out. Place the caterpillar face on the container and you are ready to play.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Learning Games
Let’s Get Playing, I’m Hungry!
- Let the child pick out one play food at a time, name the food, and let the child feed it to the caterpillar by placing it inside the container.
Find A Bite by NameWhat Letter Are You Eating Caterpillar?
- Say a name of one of the foods, have the child find the food, then let the child feed it to the caterpillar.
- Let the child pick out one play food at a time, name the food and the color (“The apple is the color red”), and let the child feed it to the caterpillar.
- Sort your food into piles according to what letter the name of the food starts with. Place the corresponding letter next to each pile. Let the child pick one play food at a time. Name the food and the matching letter, then let the child feed it to the caterpillar.
- Ms. Tiger would pick a food, I would hand her the matching letter so she could hold and explore the letter. Then she would name the letter if she knew it, or I would help her with the name.
- When playing with a toddler, have each child take turns picking food, together name the food, and the letter. I had Ms. Tiger name the letter, and then we gave the food to Mr. Tickles to name, and they took turns feeding the caterpillar.
- Pick out one piece of food for each letter in the alphabet and put into a pile. Some letters won’t have a matching food (like x), but that’s okay. Put all the letters in a separate pile. Let the child pick a letter, name the letter, then find a food that starts with the letter and feed the letter and the food to the caterpillar.
- Ms. Tiger would pick a letter, then I would help find the matching food. We would say the letter and make the sound the letter makes (“The S says sssss”), and then say the name of the food and the letter (“Sausage starts with the letter S”).
- We didn’t have food that went with all the letters, so we would put the unmatched letters into a dish. That way we could still include them in our game.
- When playing with a toddler let the toddler feed the caterpillar the food, and let the preschooler feed the caterpillar the letters making sure to name each piece as it goes in.
- Name a color, then have the child find a piece of food that is the matching color and feed it to the caterpillar. You could find all of the food at the same time that is the same color, or you could do a different color each time.
- When playing with a toddler let the preschooler find the food and the toddler name the food. Then name the food and the color (“The apple is the color red”), and let them take turns feeding the caterpillar.
Hey, before you go be sure to check out our Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack that includes this craft and a total of 100 pages of language activities, math activities, science activities, and more.
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This is perfect! We have been going through a caterpillar craze in our household and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is currently the big favourite with all the kids. Will definitely do this activity with my kiddos this week. Glad to have stumbled across your blog and am enjoying having a look around. You have a lovely corner set up here.