6 Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities with a DIY Activity Set

This Very Hungry Caterpillar activity set was conjured up by Cam (age 4) while we were reading the story to Baby Ike one afternoon.   Actually, she really just wanted to make a Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace, but it turned into an activity set that is so versatile it can be used by children in 6 ways.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar DIY Activity Set

Cammy and I had experimented with Fimo (polymer clay) earlier this year when we made beaded necklaces as Mothers’ Day gifts for her grandmothers. While showing Baby Ike how to poke his fingers through the holes in the fruit, she commented that we could make fruit shaped beads from the polymer clay. I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I was to listen to Cam explain her idea.

When the beads were finished, instead of simply creating the necklace without much thought or discussion, I chose to set the beads up as an invitation to play; the learning that I witnessed while Cam was creating and playing with these beads simply blew me away:

  • Problem solving while trying to work out how to re-create each piece of fruit
  • Exercising fine motor skills in creating and threading the beads
  • Working as a team, and asking for help when a task felt too difficult
  • Practising patience and perseverance
  • Comprehending and recounting the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • One to one correspondence/ Counting
  • Creating patterns

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity and Play Ideas

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: An Invitation to Play

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity: Invitation to Play by My Little Bookcase

Present the beads to your child along with a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, some ribbon and a child-friendly needle. Give your child time to explore the beads and play with them in their own way.

Recounting The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very HUngry Caterpillar Play Scene at My Little Bookcase

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Counting Tool

The Very HUngry Caterpillar Counting Tool by My Little Bookcase

Present the beads to your child along with a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ask your child to count each type of fruit and match them up to the images in the book.

You could extend this activity by removing some of the pieces from the set and asking your child how many pieces are missing.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Threading and Recount Tool

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Threading Tool by My Little Bookcase

Present the beads to your child along with a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, some ribbon and a child-friendly needle. Invite your child to thread the beads onto the ribbon as they recount the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace

The Very Hungry Caterpillar DIY Necklace by My Little Bookcase

Once your child has finished threading the beads and recounting the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they will be surprised to find that they have created a necklace to wear.

If small children find the necklace too heavy they could customise their own jewellery and choose just a few beads to thread.

Customised Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace by My Little Bookcase

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pattern Creator:

Pattern Making with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by My Little Bookcase

When customising their own jewellery, children could experiment with different patterns and try different bead combinations each day of the week.

If you’re anything like me, you might want to borrow the necklace for yourself every now and then.

DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace_ My Little Bookcase

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Busy Bag.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Busy Bag

Place all of the pieces into a small bag, along with a piece of ribbon and a child-friendly needle and you have a busy bag you can take with you to cafés, medical appointments or other places where children are expected to sit and wait for long periods of time.

Can you think of another way to use The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Set?

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6 Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities with a DIY Activity Set

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  1. Oh Jackie I love it! We’ll definitely have to give this a go! Off to check out Fimo now! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post! :)

  2. What a GORGEOUS activity set!

  3. That’s such a cute play set, who doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? My kids love making things with Fimo too, we’ll have to go buy some more :-)

  4. GORGEOUS! What a clever little caterpillar Cam is! This is just delightful! I also LOOOOVE your old copy of the book…I have one that looks awfully similar and I won’t let my girls touch it for fear it will all fall apart!

  5. These are such awesome ideas! Thank you for sharing. I have pinned and shared because I know my readers would love this!

  6. Amy said: On October 9, 2013

    What a brilliant idea Jackie! Another My Little Bookcase activity that has inspired me to get crafting with my son.

  7. Nae said: On October 9, 2013

    This is gorgeous…. Love it
    Cam is one creative girl & with so many ways to enjoy this it’d make a great gift too

  8. I love how those turned out! Thanks so much for sharing with the After School crowd!

  9. I love these DIY polymer beads to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There’s SO much learning potential! Thanks for linking this up to the After School Linky Party. I’m featuring it tomorrow on my blog.

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