Hello! I am Jenny a SAHM who can normally be found over at Mummy Mishaps , where I blog about my life with my two boys, Burton and Jenson, and my passion for baking cakes! However, today, thanks to the lovely Rainy Day Mum, I am over here instead to share some learning through play fun the boys and I recently had using The Very Hungry Caterpillar story.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, is a classic story and one that I remember with fond memories from when I was a child. I have been reading the book to my eldest, Burton, since he was a baby and now both he and Jenson love the story and it is one which we read at bedtime often. In fact it pleases me now that Burton can read the book himself, and he will take a turn to read it before bedtime.
It is a simple tale that will not require much explanation as it is so well known by everyone, but I think a reason my two have loved it so much from such a young age is because of its simplicity and the fact that the holes in the book allow little fingers to join in and pretend to be a caterpillar!
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Knowing how much my boys love the story and how much they love using play dough, I decided to mix the two together and bring the book to life with some play dough interaction. I asked them to make a hungry caterpillar each and then make a butterfly each, assisting with their imaginative play and dexterity. I found lots of toy food items from their playroom to recreate all that the caterpillar ate on his journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly, and also used a leaf from the garden, a paper plate for the sun and the moon, a small basket for the cocoon and got Burton to write out the days of the week, which is helping to develop his writing and spelling skills.
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Materials Needed for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough Play:
For the very hungry caterpillar
red and green play dough (I made my own using this recipe)
4 googly eyes
8 small brown pom poms
1 purple pipe cleaner, cut into 4 equal pieces
2 small black pom poms
For the beautiful butterfly
as many different coloured play doughs as you can get (I did not make these as I had a collection in the cupboard stored up from past birthdays and Christmas!)
green ribbon, cut into 4 pieces
4 tiny googly eyes
buttons and pom poms
grease proof paper
7 strips of paper and a pen/pencil
toy play food
a brown basket
How To Play with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough:
Pass 2 pieces of greaseproof paper to your participants, along with equal amounts of the red and green play dough, and the eyes, nose, legs and antennae (google eyes, pipe cleaner and pom poms) so they can create their very own caterpillars.
The top caterpillar was made by Burton (almost 5) and Jenson (3) made the bottom one.
Then using the props and the days of the week slips of paper, you can tell the story in your own time and with as much or as little interaction as you like.
Once the very hungry caterpillar has woken up from his sleep inside the cocoon, you can pass the assorted coloured play doughs, pom poms, ribbon and buttons to your children and ask them to make their very own beautiful butterflies
Burton’s is the top one and Jenson’s butterfly is the bottom one
Making the butterflies took ages and was fascinating to watch how Burton and Jenson approached making them so differently. Sometimes they borrowed an idea they saw the other one using, but they were absorbed in their own designs mostly.
This craft idea was so much fun and something which they have asked to do again very soon.
Thank you Cerys for allowing me to take over your blog and sharing our fun with you and your readers.
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