Saturday, September 22, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We started off the week reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We then headed to the island to make our own caterpillars.  We are always looking for ways to teach additional skills and concepts in a fun, subtle way.  We used circles of the primary and secondary colors to make the caterpillars.  We introduced each color and mentioned how mixing certain colors made new colors. 

The children were instructed to "make some kind of home for their caterpillar" with the markers. 

The oldest (4 years 10 months) made an ocean for his caterpillar!

Wednesday found us making caterpillars again! 
This time the little ones put beads on pipe cleaners to make caterpillars!

 a little "tutorial" of sorts

The "four year olds" worked a Butterfly Life Cycle puzzle!
I love these sweet, silly boys!


Thursday, we built on the earlier discussion about mixing colors to make new colors. 
We read  Mouse Paint and then mixed our own paints to see just how it worked!

They used the colors to paint paper plates...

Some little girlie insisted that along with the six basic colors, we HAD to have PINK!

...that we turned into BUTTERFLIES!!!

We found this cute butterfly idea at First Grade Best.


We were able to get out every day, except one (the Rainy Day Playdough Day!)

It seems to me her hair has grown sooo much this summer!

Next week? The Very Busy Spider

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  1. I love your Hungry Caterpillar activities. This week I managed to find 4 Eric Carle books at our library book sale! He is my oldest's (she's 20) author.

  2. What fun you have with those cuties! I love that you do themes and Eric Carle's stories are so fun to build on.
    Thanks for linking up.
    ~ joey ~

  3. Too funny, I just based my lesson plan this week on The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well! I'd love for you to link this post up to Tot School Tuesday:

  4. Her hair is looking very long!

    Such a wonderful collection of activities along this theme - thank you for sharing with Learning Laboratory!

  5. Love these ideas! Your snacks are so cute

  6. Awe, such a cute caterpillar! Looks like a lovely day!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


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    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  8. Loving the butterfly's! Think I'll have to nick your idea and give those a go :)

  9. How fun!!! I have to make your paper plate butterflies with my kids!
    Thank you for sharing at my Super Link Party! :-)

  10. Oh, how fun!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  11. Pipe cleaner caterpillars! Great idea. Thanks for sharing activities for my favorite book. TGIF

  12. Wow! I love all the stages of the life cycle you did! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I shared this post on the Read.Explore.Learn Facebook pages yesterday. Here is the link:

  13. Your caterpillars as so cute. I love the creative thinking behind making an ocean home for the caterpillar! Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf!

  14. Those kids are so cute. I love the snack and the pipe cleaner activity. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!