The Very Hungry Caterpillar count up makes a fun preschool math activity.
I assure you. This Very Hungry Caterpillar count up will feel like a fun game on the outside, yet inside it packs powerful learning through play punch.
Use this very hungry caterpillar counting board with this hungry caterpillar activity.
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Why Practice Counting Up?
By Kindergarten, many children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
What does this mean?
This means that it is important to provide visuals that demonstrate the concept of one more. For example, one more than four in five and one more than five is six.
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Let’s make this hungry caterpillar count up!
Paper punch your colored paper using the circle punch listed above.
Use the paper punch as a stencil to use on your cardboard. Trace the circle the number of rows you want your preschooler to practice. The first row will have one number and one circle. Row two will have two numbers and two circles. The next row will have three numbers and three circles.
I bet you are catching on.
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Next, introduce the counting activity to your preschooler.
Share with your preschooler the colored circles and circles drawn on the board. Begin by seeing what your preschooler does on their own! They may surprise you with what they come up with.
Next, guide your preschooler along the hungry caterpillar’s path by placing the circles in the correct locations.
Finally, mention and show how each row has one more. Try counting together.