The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Last week spent some time with one of Elijah’s favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  It was a great go-along for our Bible lesson on Paul’s conversion and how we become a new creation in Christ (post on that coming soon).  Everyone was already quite familiar with the story, so I got busy on the laminator to prepare some activities for extra interest.

We put these cards from Confessions of a Homeschooler in the correct order to retell the story

and then did the same with these days of the week sequencing cards from Making Learning Fun (lots of great ideas here!) while singing our song about the days of the week.


Maybe next year we’ll get our own butterfly garden, but this time we were content watching watched our friends’ caterpillars and chrysalises. (Thanks, Christine!)  Their butterflies weren’t out yet, but it was fascinating just seeing the first couple stages.  (Did you know they wiggle in the chrysalis?)  I was going to have the boys go through some life cycle cards but we never got to that.  We did watch a couple short videos on the subject though: “The Caterpillar and the Polliwog” (on the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video); Wonder Pets episode “Save the Caterpillar” (from Season 1, available streaming free for Amazon Prime Members and on Netflix); and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar video itself.

I’m not really big on crafts, but we all love to paint around here so we did make some “butterfly prints.”  We started by putting drops of paint on the paper, then blew through a straw to move the paint around, and finished by folding the paper in half to make symmetrical “wings.”  I love how Elijah’s first one turned out!



Posted on May 7, 2012, in Literature Units, Preschool and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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