I recently shared our C is for Caterpillar preschool craft with you. What I didn't say was that I made a Very Hungry Caterpillar graph for my kiddos to work on, too. It is really fun.
My students are ages 3 & 4 and I must say that the 4 year olds were much more successful with this one. Five or six year olds would do very well.
This activity allows the little ones to recall what the caterpillar ate and glue each kind of food to a graph. They can practice their counting and work with some number recognition, as well.
I was told by a brilliant little child that I mixed up how many strawberries and oranges he ate. Whoops! His catch gave me a great opportunity, though, to praise him for his great observational and memory skills!!!
How to prepare this activity:
Graph, printed on white card or cover stock
Laminated fruit and food icons
Child safe scissors
Crayons or markers
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
- Print the graph and food icon sheets on white card stock.
- Laminate the food sheets*
- Read Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with your child.
- Have your child color the picture of the caterpillar and butterfly on the graph.
- Next, child cuts out the food pictures and glues them on the graph using glue stick.
One apple next to the number 1 and in the "apple column"
Two pears in the "pear column" - next to numbers 1 and 2.
And so on.
See if your child catches that the strawberries and oranges are mixed up.
*I chose to laminate the pictures of the fruit and other food because ink jet print smudges with moisture. Glue-sticks and little hands? Laminating preserves them.
This is the laminator I use.
I LOVE my laminator!
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