All the food and the sequencing in The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle makes it a great book to pair with an activity! I made an I Spy game (print yours here).
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You can play the game after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar (affiliate link) – talk about what the caterpillar ate, and when, and how many of each item.
Our favorite way to use the game was as we read. So we read that the caterpillar ate 1 apple, then we find the apple. Next we read that he ate 2 pears, and we find the 2 pears. And we did that for the whole book. I’ve found that this works very well for beginning readers, as it’s a great way to add a slight bit of movement and critical thinking (thinking about what they just read) to the book.
For non-readers, like my preschooler, I also really like reading and doing the I Spy at the same time as well. Again, I think it helps with comprehension. But also, it’s just fun. And you know how much little kids love repetition, so we can use this again, and again, and again…
More Eric Carle Activities
The Virtual Book Club For Kids has lots more Eric Carle-inspired ideas for you to try out this month:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities: Letter Sorts from Growing Book by Book
DIY Mixed Up Beads from Mama Miss
3 Very Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Scavenger Hunts from Inspiration Laboratories
Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzles from Playdough to Plato
Lacing Letters Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar from The Educators’ Spin On It
Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Name Game from Toddler Approved
|Two Flower Crafts – The Tiny Seed|
And check out more ideas the Virtual Book Club will be sharing on its Facebook page!