Caterpillar and Butterfly Story Hour
Write out a second and third copy of each word. The first copy you will tape to an easel or on the floor so everyone can see each word. Each child gets a turn to roll the dice and they get to find the word that matches the number they rolled. Depending on their age, you can help them read the word so they know what word they are looking for around the house.
Draw their attention to matching up the number and matching the colour if they are too young to read. The child gets the third copy of the word that you wrote to take with them around the house so they can compare numbers, colours and letters to make sure they have a match. Once they find their match, they bring it back to the easel and stick it beside the original word. The game finishes when all the words have been found. The children enjoyed this game.
They all asked to play it a few more times. Each child made a butterfly life cycle craft to take home with them. It could be a glue and paste or a write and draw depending on the ages in your group. A cloths pin with pom poms glued on it made a cute butterfly body. Here is the link for the free printable butterfly page.
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Ring a small bell and let children turn into caterpillars munching at leaves. Ring the bell again and children wiggle to turn themselves in to a chrysalis by lying on the floor. Last, walk around the sleeping children and softly place a scarf on each child.
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Ring the bell again and let children pretend to be butterflies "flying" around the room with their scarf wings. Tell children to pay careful attention to the information so that they can compare what is the same and what is different about caterpillars and butterflies during the activity that follows. After reading, post a caterpillar and butterfly poster and ask children to look carefully at each picture. Lead a brief discussion about caterpillars and butterflies and their characteristics.
Create a Venn diagram on a chart paper. Caterpillar Names For each child, write the letters of their names on circle cut-outs and place inside a plastic bag. Label the bag with the child's name. Hand out a large circle with two pipe cleaner pieces and invite children to create a caterpillar head. Invite children to create their friend's caterpillars as well. Caterpillar Name Artwork Let children place and glue their caterpillar head and the circle letters of their names on a piece of construction paper.
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Caterpillar Patterns Provide a bowl with three different pom-pom colors. Draw caterpillar segment pattern cards. Let children copy the caterpillar patterns. Set out three different colored paint or ink pads. Let children create fingerprint patterns to match the caterpillar cards. Caterpillar Number Sequencing Place a caterpillar head on the floor. Write the numbers on die cut circles.
Let children place the circles in order from to create a caterpillar. Cut out a large letter C shape and glue a caterpillar head to one end. Together with children, draw the letter C shape in the air. ABC Caterpillar Place a caterpillar head on the floor.
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Write the letters of the alphabet on die cut circles. Let children place the circles in order to create one long caterpillar. Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this fun book, a little caterpillar eats and eats and changes into a beautiful butterfly. Children will learn about counting, the days of the week, and good nutrition. We have gathered some ideas that you can do before, during, or after reading the book.
Don't try to do all the activities the first time you read the book. Children love to hear the same story over and over again which gives you plenty of opportunities to add some other activities. After reading the book create felt story pieces to re-tell the story. Talk about favorite foods and what children need to eat to grow up strong and healthy.
Hand out a craft stick butterfly to each child. Play some soft music and let children dance with their butterflies. When the music stops, call out, "All butterflies fly to something red. Repeat with other colors. Let children find the matching wings and put the butterflies back together. With a paintbrush, add a generous amount of water on a coffee filter. Shortly after, let children drop some paint on the wet coffee filter.
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Set aside to dry. Print and cut butterfly body out of craft paper and decorate. Glue coffee filter wings to the back of the butterfly body. Glue butterfly on craft paper.
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