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Caterpillar Matching and Phonics Activity
Appropriate for 4 years and up
As the child picks a letter, say the letter sound. Using the caterpillar let the child move the letter in to place.
Rhyme: Munchy Caterpillar by Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed.
Materials needed: file folder, caterpillar, leaves, construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, contact paper or laminate.
Cut out branches, draw them in, or use pipe cleaners, or real branches. Place in different directions on the page.
How to play: Say the rhyme and let the children choose a number. Let them count out the correct number of leaves and place them next to the number. Repeat until all the numbers are filled with yummy leaves.
Extension activity: Play this game during circle time. Have the children pretend to munch up the number of leaves chosen. Repeat.
First bend one end of the pipe cleaner over about 2 inches. (Older children will have fun doing this.) Wind the rest of the pipe cleaner around the length of the bent section. Tah Dah, a caterpillar!
Cut 2 to 3 inch pieces of pipe cleaner. Let the children figure out how to wind the pipe cleaner around the stick themselves (and they will).
Display pictures of caterpillars on branches and leaves around the art table. Do not tell the children what they are making. Let them discover and design freely. Maybe put a jar of live caterpillars with twigs and leaves in the middle of the table. If you have seen caterpillars in the trees, go for a caterpillar hunt.
Have the children place the play-dough on the plate in a clump where ever they want.
Show the children how they can push the leaf over the stick at different heights, if they need instruction. Most children can figure this out themselves. Let the children use as many leaves and caterpillars as they feel are needed for their creation. If there is a limited supply, only set out the number allowed for each child, but give them several of each item.
Use smaller pieces of pipe cleaner to attach caterpillars to the stick or glue on to leaves.
When dry, if glue is used, let the children arrange the sticks in the play-do.
Some children may want to put them in the play-dough, or glue them to the plate, that’s awesome. Let them create their own sculpture.