Overview: We love learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Check out what we did during this week long literacy connection with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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Last week was a busy week for our Tot School. With the warm weather we started noticing caterpillars outside. Sicily became very fascinated by them. With this new interest, I decided to plan a Very Hungry Caterpillar toddler theme.
We started our The Very Hungry Caterpillar toddler theme by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I was surprised that she sat through this whole story. It’s a bit long for toddlers. Sicily kept pointing to the caterpillar and saying “ousss” which is how she says outside.
On Tuesday, we fed the caterpillar. She is under 1, so there really wasn’t much structure to this activity. But she LOVED feeding the caterpillar his fruit, so he can grow big and strong. I made the caterpillar by cutting out a face with construction paper and taping it on a wide open container.
Related: How to Plan for a Child-Led Tot SchoolIn our sensory bin we put black beans, or you could use coffee beans to make it smell nice. We added fruit and some caterpillars too. She kept trying to pick up the beans with the fruit. She kept burying the caterpillars telling them to take a nap.
My favorite part of the whole week was our live caterpillars. We ordered caterpillars from Insect Lore. They send you baby caterpillars with enough food for them to eat while they grow. It takes about a week to grow and form a chrysalis.
Then in about another week, the butterflies emerge. We just let them loose yesterday! I was so excited to let the butterflies loose that I forgot my camera, so I don’t have any pictures. They were being stubborn at first, but eventually they all flew away.
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The last thing we did was make caterpillars with our connecting blocks. We practiced snapping and unsnapping the blocks. Then we would count how many segments our caterpillars had. Sicily loved learning about caterpillars. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books.