The very hungry caterpillar activities

the very hungry caterpillar activities

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve found time and energy to blog… this is such an overdue post!

The good thing though is that The very hungry caterpillar is a classic so it’s never too late to share what we did for the reading of this story. Here are The very hungry caterpillar activities we did!

I made this learning aid from here:

There are a couple of missing pieces though but it still works rather fine.

I got her to match the pieces to what she could see on the pages to practise counting:

and instead of a ‘story stick’ (which is how the learning aid is supposed to be made), I gave her a piece of yarn for her to thread the pieces together, following the sequence of the story:

And so it’s killing two birds with one stone: getting her to practise fine motor skills as well as learning to sequence according to the story line. She did really well with the sequencing after awhile such that by the time she watched the performance put up by Act 3 in mid July, she could tell exactly what was coming up next 🙂

After threading all the cards, just tie a ribbon and she gets a necklace – which made the vain little one very happy. This activity can be done over and over again – something that your preschooler would request to do!

And we chose a day to make egg carton caterpillars:

My girl loves all things small and cute so instead of making 3 long caterpillars, we had 5 short ones.

Painting the egg carton was quite a highlight as it was a new experience.

After the paint has dried, just draw and cut out eyes for the caterpillars (or use googly eyes), draw a smile, pierce two holes at the top of the caterpillars’ heads (to be done by an adult) and poke the pipe cleaners in.

Do you notice that there’s one female caterpillar? 🙂

Hint: the one with the eyelashes

We made a symmetrical painting by first folding a piece of drawing block in half then squeezing paint randomly on it. Once that is done, press the drawing block together and you will get a symmetrical painting. After you have done the first fold, you can unfold it and press the other side of the drawing block together and repeat the process. 🙂

After the paint has dried, draw a butterfly and cut it out:

We did this counting activity which you can download here:

Alicia wasn’t very interested in this activity compared to the rest of the activities but you can always give it a shot.

Another activity that might interest your preschooler would be these two dot-to-dot printables which you can download here.

We took the chance to revise the Days of the Week using the learning aid my mum made for her earlier (I made the Mandarin version):

Have fun!

View our other literature-based learning posts if you’ve found this useful! 🙂


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