Yesterday we read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book is a favourite of mine and we visit it every year. It’s educationally rich, covering counting, days of the week and science. We read it slowly and I ask a lot of questions to predict what will happen next. “Hmmm, we just read about what he ate on Monday. I wonder what the next day is?” or “He ate one thing on Monday. I wonder how many things he will eat on Tuesday?”
Last year Scholastic had a board book offer that came with a little plush hungry caterpillar so I read the story with the plush caterpillar moving him across the pages and munching along as we read…om nom nom. After we finished reading the story we went to the activity tables to make a sequencing piece for our portfolios. We use a painting technique that I like to use quite frequently. We colour a little of the items with a water based texta and then we use water to make that texta into a paint. I like this method as it’s quick (the children don’t have a lo of colouring to do), it’s cheap and it’s not very messy. We left it to dry overnight and sequenced it today (I’ll post more about it later).
On another activity table we were making some very hungry caterpillars using a paper chain technique. We talked about making a pattern by alternating the light green and dark green strips. We drew a face on the red strip and started with it as the head.
We curled the red card over to form a circle. Then we had to thread a green strip through the red strip and curl it into a circle also. We repeated the process until our caterpillars were about 5 or 6 links long. I thought this would be quite a challenging exercise as we have made chains in the past for Christmas at the end of the year and quite a few children struggle with it. I was surprised with the amount of children who found this task a breeze. The finished products were simply adorable.