Saturday, May 2, 2009

Very Hungry Caterpillar Extension

Like many little ones, Lauren loves to hear The Very Hungry Caterpillar again and again. I am happy to reread it because I know that repeated readings of favorite stories builds a love of books, increases comprehension, and motivates the child to pretend to read the book independently. The following activity allows Lauren interact with the book in a meaningful way and practice counting skills too!


  • fruit pictures (from dltk-teach) printed on card stock

  • green yarn

  • green button

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar


  • Cut out and laminate the fruit pictures. Punch one hole in each piece.

  • Cut a four inch length of yarn. Tie a button to one end and wrap a piece of tape around the other end.

I place each piece of fruit on the ground as Lauren and I count them. I give her the "caterpillar" (green yarn). As we read about what the caterpillar eats, Lauren feeds her caterpillar by lacing the yarn through the hole in the fruit. We count each piece as she laces it onto the yarn. Lauren loves this activity and chooses to do it a few times a week.


  1. great idea! just wanted to let you know I did this as well and i mentioned your blog on my post :)

  2. Hi! I just wanted to let you know i loved this idea and am posting about it on my newest tot school post. Im giving you the credit :) Thanks for sharing!