The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity 2

15 09 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar lends itself extremely well to Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy and all in a format that children enjoy. I’ve spent some time recently thinking up number things to do with it and have created loads of activities that reinforce PSRN knowledge. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has life cycles, days of the week, numbers, shapes and the consequences of overeating. It’s easy to create activities along those lines as well as making caterpillar pictures in the style of Eric Carle. My morning was spent laminating my worksheets and LBM got to choose which ones he wanted to do. Before he even knew what the plan was he was busy telling me the shapes he could see. I wanted him to link the shape to the matching shaped food using a pen. Great development for his handwriting and we haven’t done many things that needed him to control a pen.

After sticking the right number of stickers on another sheet he moved on to sheets which require him to use magnetic letters to spell out the number words. Another activity he enjoyed and understood without any real explanation from me. I’d picked the right letters out already which meant he was choosing from a smaller selection but it worked brilliantly. Admittedly we had a discussion about the letter t which I’d printed out without a tail unlike our magnetic letters which are cursive. Hadn’t full considered the implications of different fonts and a 3 year old’s desire to match the letters. Laminating the sheets was great because we can keep using them and maybe next time I’ll put them onto a baking sheet so the magnetic letters stick properly and don’t slip.

 

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