There are so many creative activities out there for the Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I couldn’t really find what I was looking for, for my 4 year old. Most activities I found were geared more towards younger kids who are working on color recognition, therefore I came up with this Very Hungry Caterpillar game what works on sight words, counting and sorting.
The best part about this game is you can tailor it to any skill that your little needs to work on, and it is so much fun they want to keep playing!! Below you will find games using this Very Hungry Caterpillar for ages 9 Months+ to 6 year olds!
What You Will Need
- Empty Chip Canister
- Construction Paper
- Small Fruit Counters
- Index Cards
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Stick
You probable have all of these items on hand, except for the small fruit counters. I was lucky one day this summer and I stumbled upon a retired preschool teacher and I got mine for only 50 cents!! But, you can find them here for a bit more than I paid! 😉
If you do not have any fruit counters, and don’t want to spend the $$ for them, you could always print out pictures of fruit on card stock and you could easily do this activity! Here is a printable I put together for this activity! Very Hungry Caterpillar Game Fruit Printable
I also used a Lays chip can, I was able to peal off the label. If you use a different brand, you might need to cover the can with construction paper too!
How To Make Your Caterpillar
- Trace the lid of your chip can onto red paper, to make the head of the catipillar
- Cut out 2 yellow ovals, and 3 green ovals (make sure to make the green ovals a little smaller than the yellow ones.
- Cut out a green nose
- Cut out 2 antennas
- Cut out a hole in the lid of your can for the mouth with a knife (Make sure you make your hole large enough for the fruit that you have!)
- Then place your lid onto the red paper head, you have already cut out, and trace the mouth onto the paper. Then cut that out.
- Glue all your pieces on to the lid to look like this.
The last thing you need to do to get your Very Hungry Caterpillar finished, is to cut out 8 circles and hot glue them onto the sides of your chip container!
Activities For ALL Ages!
9 Months + Fine Motor Very Hungry Caterpillar Game!
In this game your little ones can use those motor skills and feed their Very Hungry Caterpillar as much fruit at they want! You can even read the book along with this activity and feed your Very Hungry Caterpillar along with the story!
20 Months + Color Sorting Very Hungry Caterpillar Game!
For this you will need to take some index cards, or card stock and color in a circle for each color of fruit that you have. Kids will then draw a card and feed their Very Hungry Caterpillar the fruit that corresponds to the color card that they drew!
Here my 21 month old drew a purple and is feeding her Very Hungry Caterpillar purple grapes!
Check out the video below of Q playing the game!
3 Years + Counting and Color Recognition Very Hungry Caterpillar Game!
For this you will need to take some index cards, or card stock and write a number in different colors each color corresponding to the color of fruit that you have. Kids will then draw a card and feed their Very Hungry Caterpillar the color fruit that corresponds to the card that they drew and the number of fruit that is on their card!
4 Years+ Sight Word Very Hungry Caterpillar Game!
For this game you will need to take some index cards, or card stock and write a sight word on each card. Then draw a number in different colors, each color corresponding to the color of fruit that you have, or you can put a number of dots on the card. When your child reads the sight word correctly they get to feed their Very Hungry Caterpillar that many pieces of the color of fruit that is on their sight word card! This game works on sight word recognition, colors, counting, and sorting!
You can keep adding cards to this game as your child learns more sight words!!
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