There is so much to love about The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities!
The colors are bright.
The caterpillar is loveable and squishy.
And the rhythmic pattern is one that you will hear in your sleep.
Yes, please! Bring on all The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for my preschoolers!
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Did you know that The Very Hungry Caterpillar was written in 1969?
Eric Carle is one of the most well-known authors of preschool books, and it is no wonder why.
To put it lightly, he’s brilliant, and kids and adults alike adore his illustrations.
So when preschoolers asked for an activity to play, I knew the source to start with!
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I created something I like to call a Book Box for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story.
Inside the box has supplies that can act as props for story retells.
What is IN a Book Box?
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props to retell the story
WHY Use a Book Box?
Kindergarten children will
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
No, thank you.
Build up your preschooler’s confidence for when they have to meet these rigorous standards.
Using a book box is a fun, interactive way to begin practicing this skill with your preschooler.
Supplies for this Very Hungry Caterpillar activity:
What to do first:
Read the story to your preschooler more than once. Allow your child to become familiar with the characters, plot, and storyline.
Why are we working on reading and repetition with preschoolers?
It is a fun, colorful story that preschoolers love.
The organization of words will help with looking for patterns in text.
The storyline is engaging and straightforward.
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Next, we made a DIY gameboard to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Here, we included a beginning, middle, and end section for our caterpillar to move around the game board.
This game board also includes an important number count up concept.
Read more about the number count up part of the game here.
Fill your Book Box to retell The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Game board – From recycled cardboard
Want a caterpillar? I have a quick and easy caterpillar to make here.
Ready to use your Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Box?
Use caterpillar (painted egg crate), food cutouts, and props as you reread the story.
You model the first reading.
As you read, show how the caterpillar moves from the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Allow your preschooler to take out the props as you read or retell the story.
Beginning of the story:
Add pieces of “food” using the colored cutouts.
Middle of the story:
Move your caterpillar to the Do a Dot marks that indicate the other food items as you read each one in the story.
Point to each food item as it is eaten by the caterpillar.
End of the story:
Allow your preschooler to move the caterpillar to the final 3 phases of the caterpillar life cycle.
Your preschooler will have so much fun with this Very Hungry Caterpillar activity!
Remember to keep your items in the book box so your preschooler can reach and use it to retell when they desire to.
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