As a child I remember my pop-up The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle being the most frequently requested book by both myself and my brother at bedtimes and it’s the same with my kids although I wish we still had the pop-up version from my childhood. This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids chosen author is Eric Carle and the co-hosts are featuring activities and craft to do with 3 of his books The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, The Mixed-Up Chameleon and we’ve chosen The Very Hungry Caterpillar and are going to work on a combination of sight words and fine motor skills learning to read the days of the week.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

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Materials Needed

A clothes Peg
Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape
Official Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Page
Days of the week words
Printer
Laminator

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Preparation

Start of with printing out the Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Page and either colour in the images yourself or get your child to colour them in, also print out the Days of the week words. Cut out the fruit in groups and the hungry caterpillar as well as the individual days of the week and then use the laminator to laminate them all. You may be able to print on card and not need the laminating to make them easy to grip.

Once the words and food and caterpillar are laminated cut out around them and you’re ready to make your hungry caterpillar able to “eat” the food.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

On a clothes peg put a strip of the Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape – I love this brand as it really is sticky and it stays stuck, there’s no mess or waiting unlike with glue and you’re ready to play with the very hungry caterpillar straight away. Remove the top layer and then stick the hungry caterpillar on with the head at the end of the peg that opens and closes when pinched.

Learning Days of the Week

Set out the food from the story in the middle of the table and the days of the week around the food – we left out Sunday. Then I showed T how to open and close the peg with the hungry caterpillar on.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

We then reviewed the story – On Monday the caterpillar…. so we started off finding the word Monday, she knows most of her letters and was able to identify Monday by the M and then we looked for the apple and she held it whilst making the caterpillar eat it and took it to the day of the week and let it go.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

We repeated with each set of food and finding the day of the week – with Tuesday and Thursday I gave her the second letter of the word and she identified the word and matched them up.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

The first few times we have played this she has needed a lot of support as these are the first set of words we are looking to learn outside of general a, the, I, it etc…

It’s a work in progress but as it connects with one of our favourite books it’s something that we can return to time and time again.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

Inspired by this Eric Carle book based activity then check out more Eric Carle books that we recommend for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Eric Carle Activities from the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Name Game – Toddler Approved

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity I Spy – The Pleasantest Thing

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Letter Sort – Growing Book by Book

Three Very Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Scavenger Hunts – Inspiration Laboratories

Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzles – Playdough to Plato

Easy Very Hungry Caterpillar Fine Motor Skills – Lalymom

Lacing Letter Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar – The Educators’ Spin On It

The Tiny Seed

Two Flower Crafts for the Tiny Seed – 3Dinosaurs

The Mixed-up Chameleon

DIY Mixed up Beads – Mama Miss

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool activity to learn to read the days of the week, with your DIY munching caterpillar that works on developing fine motor skills whilst having fun learning.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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