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On Tuesday, we read aloud the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as part of our Summer Reading Series. To follow up with this reading, we have found a few corresponding activities for students of all ages from various resources.
For Younger Students
Originated from Modern Preschool, students can participate in a fine motor skills activity that goes along with both the plot of the book and Eric Carle’s inspiration behind the book! All you need is some construction paper, scissors, a pen or pencil and a hole punch. Using the scissors, cut (or have your child cut) the construction paper into shapes that resemble various fruits. Have your child decide how many “bites” their caterpillar (hole punch) will take out of each fruit (construction paper shape). The child can then use the hole punch to count out the amount of hole punches that they need to make. To make this activity more advanced, have the student use addition and subtraction to determine how many bites (hole punches) they have altogether. Not only does this activity exercise fine motor skills and help students practice math, but they will love using the hole punch on the pieces of paper. For more information about this activity, visit the Modern Preschool website.
For Older Students
This next activity comes from Tickled Pink in Primary and is more based around the butterfly life cycle aspect of the book. We put a little bit of a variation on it so that students could make their own activity rather than printing out an already-made worksheet template. What you’ll need for this activity is a 1 piece of paper, scissors, pen or pencil and crayons (or markers or colored pencils). Take the piece of paper and fold it “hot dog style”. Then, unfold the paper and use the scissors to cut the paper into 4 sections (only cut to the center crease on one side). You can look at the photo of the finished project for a guiding example. Fold the cut pieces back down and write “first” on the first section and then “next”, “then” and “finally” on the other 3 sections. Students can then use their crayons to draw pictures of events in the stories based on the worded section. To take it a step further, they can also write down a summary of the significant events as well. For more details on this project, visit the Tickled Pink in Primary website.
To share your child’s completed activity(ies), share a photo on social media using the hashtag #PCSDSummerStorytime .