It’s no wonder that the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is such a recognizable book by both young and old. Its bright, vibrant pictures and simple storyline are hard to resist. I personally love the many skills that the book teaches: colors, counting, days of the week, foods, and the life cycle of a butterfly. With so much to offer, learning shouldn’t stop with just reading the book. In my search for ways to make connections to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I found some great ideas offered by some creative websites. Here is what I found:
- The Virtual Vine offers a multitude of ideas for young ones! I love the songs, poems, math connections, art projects, and bulletin board ideas.
- Makinglearningfun.com offers various printable activities that accompany the story. I particularly like the literacy connections that include a “Caterpillar Emergent Reader Book” that children make themselves and the “Upper and Lowercase Matching Cards”.
- Teacher Vision (love this site!) provides access to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet“. It offers a variety of activities in science, math, and spelling. Reproducibles for some of the projects are included.
- Lastly, I love how Ms. Cassidy uses the story to teach the trait of “voice”. You can view a video of her students’ work here: http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1337
Here are some additional ways to incorporate this classic into the lives of your little ones. I personally love “My Own Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Book”. I may just have to buy one of those for myself : )