Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Winning Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Last week we covered the spectacular The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake - this week we're giving you a game to go with the book...

(And please pardon the delay in posting.  In addition to internet troubles regularly experienced due to our nemesis, CenturyLink, for which we have no recourse short of turning our computers off altogether since they do NOTHING about our complaints short of sending technicians out to tell us the problem is with CenturyLink, not with us (duh), and make us feel like Oregon has about as high a standard of customer service as Mozambique, except it's in English rather than Portuguese and costs slightly less, we're hunkering down getting ready for our big homeschool launch next week!  In fact, miss Esmé is watching Rock N Learn's Getting Ready for Kindergarten over and over as I type.  And I'm planning enough activities for the first week that I'll be impressed if we get it all done within the first month.  Incidentally, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is lined up on our curriculum for March.  Enough rambling on this long paragraph - let's get on with the post!)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Shannon

Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar eats on successive days.
We love this book and pretty much every Eric Carle book. What child does fall in love with this cute caterpillar? We had fun making and playing this caterpillar game and I hope you and your child does too!
Supplies Needed:
  • Pipe cleaners (to match your construction paper leaves)
  • Construction Paper (use colors that you have for pipe cleaners)
  • Scissors (to cut the pipe cleaners and leaves)
  • Marker (to label the leaves)
  • Pencil (to wrap pipe cleaners around to make caterpillars)
 To Make:

  1. Cut pipe cleaners in half to make your caterpillars
  2. Twist pipe cleaners around pencil to make fat caterpillars
  3. To make leaves either free hand cut or draw them on the construction paper and cut them out
  4. Label them with the number word, number and dots to match. (make sure you have the correct number of colored pipe cleaner caterpillars to match the number on the colored leaf.

 To Play:
  1. Place your leaves and caterpillars in a bucket
  2. Let your child lay our the leaves and tell you what each number is on the leaf.
  3. Have your child look at the caterpillars and pick the correct caterpillar to match the leaf and number 

Shannon, aka Gidget and Froggi's Mom, blogs over at Welcome To Our Wonderland, where you'll find lots of book-related activities and book reviews.
Do you have a kid-related post on books or reading?  Here's your place to link up!  Check the rules if you've got questions.


Tina Peterson said...

Hi! I LOVE Eric Carle - thanks for sharing a cute craft and a great story. I've posted a fairly recent post from last year on the Extreme Adventures Servies - perfect for kids who love extreme sports, lots of action and FUN!

Thanks! Tina "The Book Lady"

Tina Peterson said...

Hi again - I added your Mon - Thursday linkies to my master list. I do a lot of reviews for kids 0-15 (no creepy crawly stuff from me) and parenting/guiding type books. Some Christian fiction too although not as much.