You know the book – it’s a favourite! Baby E loves it and I know your little ones do too. ⁣

⁣This afternoon we explored The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle with puppets, fruit shakers and a butterfly song. When I read this book with baby E I sing only the one page. I sing a note of the major scale ascending with each treat the caterpillar eats. It is a simple way to introduce the scale, pitch and add tension to the story. At the conclusion of our book, I sing a simple butterfly song I wrote.  ⁣

Today after our story we explored the fruit shakers by shaking them, discussing their colour, taste and texture and of course, by tasting them… because it wouldn’t be baby play without mouthing objects!

What are we learning?

There are many reasons to provide tactile environments and puppets to compliment a book. Here are a few: ⁣

  • They enhance sensory learning – They provide an opportunity for further exploration whilst igniting imagination and creativity
  • They add further context and meaning to a book
  • They provide the opportunity for small world play. ⁣

Lyrics: ⁣

I can see a butterfly, fluttering by. ⁣
I can see a butterfly, fluttering by. ⁣
Colourful wings, dazzling. ⁣
A captivating, precious thing. ⁣
I can see a butterfly, fluttering by.

Written by Louise Lindsay

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2 thoughts on The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Rosy StonisAugust 13, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I am a mother and this helped me!

  • Louise LindsayAugust 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    YAY!! This is so lovely to read. All we want to do is help and inspire. Happy playing!!


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