Arthurlie Family Centre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story and learning experiences.


Outside when the children were harvesting the apples and pears form the fruit trees in the nursery garden they noticed a butterfly on a leaf of a tree.  “One boy said to the children,” Look it’s a butterfly, come and see. Its there in the tree.”  The children then picked the fruit from the trees and helped prepare stewed apples and pears for snack.

Outdoors the children continued to talk about the butterfly and made butterfly prints with their painted feet.

Staff sourced “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle. The children listened to information about caterpillars and how they turn into butterflies.

The next day the children looked in the bug hotel for butterflies and caterpillars.  The bug hotel needed a bit more grass for its roof and the children wheel barrowed donated turf and added it to the bug hotel.

At twinkle time the children made patterns on drawings of caterpillars using loose parts such as nuts and bolts, tomatoes and gold coins. The children then enjoyed a Very Hungry Caterpillar matching number game and a jigsaw.

Miss Brown, our student, made a caterpillar game with some of the children using a cardboard box, newspapers and paint. The children threw fruit newspaper balls into the caterpillar’s head made from a cardboard box.

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