The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Circle Time Activities:
Catepillar Song: (sung to "Freer Jacques")
Hungry Caterpillar Puppet: You will need a long green sock and a large felt butterfly (you can glue felt spots all over the wings using the colors from the foods the caterpillar ate). Turn the sock inside out and glue the butterfly body to the middle of the sock, leaving the wings free to move up and down. You will also need to make all of the foods that the caterpillar ate from felt. Turn the sock right side out and push the toe in towards the back of your hand to make a mouth. Pass out all of the food items to your students. As you read the story let them "feed" the caterpillar. When he has eaten everything and has a stomach ache, pull the top of the sock over the rest of the sock to make a chrysalis. Then put your hand behind your back and turn the sock inside out. This makes the food go inside the sock and brings the butterfly to the outside. Ask the kids to call or push a switch to say, "Wake up caterpillar!" Suddenly the butterfly appears, flapping his wings. The kids love this! :)
Feed The Caterpillar: Make a caterpillar using a Pringles or similiar size can. Cover the can with green paper. Add eyes to the top and cut half of the lid off to make a mouth. Print food items from the story and laminate. Make sure they are small enough to fit inside the pringles can. You will also need a brown paper bag big enough to hold the Pringles can and a large butterfly. Place the butterfly inside the cocoon. As you read the story, let students feed the caterpillar by putting the laminated food cards into the Pringles can. When all foods are eaten, place can inside the paper bag, "cocoon." At the appropriate point in the story, pull the butterfly from the paper bag.
Felt Board Story: Make felt board pieces to illustrate the story. As you read the story, let students find the appropriate picture and display on the felt board. Find printable picture cards here to go along with the story. A different set can be found here.
Story Sequencing: Find printable sequencing cards here. Students can use on a felt board to sequence the story.
Days of the Week Sequencing cards: Printable cards here from Making Learning Fun. Students sequence the days of the week, Sunday - Saturday.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: A printable easy reader book from Enchanted Learning. Must be a member to access. Click here to view and print.
Fruit Color Sorting: Students sort fruit counters by color.
Jellybean Color Sorting: Print this caterpillar here from DLTK. Assemble and laminate. Each segment of the body is a different color. Give students a handful of jellybeans to sort by color onto the caterpillar.
Caterpillar Counting: Print the caterpillar here from DLTK. Cut out and laminate the pieces seperately. Each segment of the body contains a number 1-10. Students can sequence the numbers to create the caterpillar. You could also give them pompoms to count onto each segment of the caterpillar.
Egg Carton Caterpillar: Cut an egg carton (preferably cardboard) apart, keeping 3 sections intact. Let students paint the egg carton green. Glue wiggle eyes on and add pipe cleaner antennae.
Easy Caterpillar: Let students cut out 5 circles from various colors of construction paper. They assemble the circles onto a sheet of construction paper and glue on to make a caterpillar. Add facial features. TIP: All students can help cut using switch adapted electric scissors.
Popsicle Caterpillar: Give each student a craft stick and small green pom-poms. Students glue the pom-poms onto the craft stick to make caterpillars. Add wiggle eyes and antennae.
Sponge Caterpillar: Dip round sponges into paint and let students stamp on construction paper to create a caterpillar. Add thumbprint eyes.
Tactile Caterpillar: Make a textured caterpillar for a fun wall decoration! Give each student 1 or 2 large pre-cut circles on heavy paper or cardboard. Each student will glue a different material to their circle. For example, one student could glue on rice, another could use craft feathers, others could use beans, sandpaper, felt, cotton, etc. Put them all together and add face antannae and legs. Makes a giant, touchable caterpillar for your wall!
ZipLock Butterfly: Give each student a ziplock bag and various colors of tissue paper. Students tear the tissue paper into small pieces and put into their baggie. Zip the baggie and pinch in the middle. Clip with a clothespin. The clothespin is the body and the ziplock bag is the wings on either side.
Ink Blot Butterfly: Give students a large butterfly pattern cut from thick paper. Let students choose 3 colors of paint and add a blob to one side of the butterfly. Fold in half and press the paper together. Slowly peel apart.
Fruit Prints: Use fruits that the caterpillar ate to make prints on a paper using paint.
Life Cycle Mobile: Students create a mobile of the butterfly life cycle. Stage 1: Give each student a leaf pattern to paint green. Tear off a small piece of cotton and glue to the leaf to make the egg. Stage 2: Give each student a caterpillar pattern to fingerpaint. Stage 3: Give each student a cocoon pattern. Student's tear pieces of brown tissue paper and glue to the cocoon. Stage 4: Give each student a butterfly pattern to decorate as desired. Cut out all 4 patterns and string together in the correct order to make the mobile.
Food Sequence: You will need a long piece of yarn for each student, a hole punch, and patterns of food eaten in the story (apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, piece of chocolate cake, ice cream cone, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, piece of cherry pie, sausage link, cupcake, watermelon). Students will color, cut, and punch a hole in each food item. Then they squence the story by putting the food on the string as they appear in the story. Makes a cute necklace.