Fun Day Monday

Have you tried out any of our caterpillar activities yet? Although World Book Day has passed we are still having lots of caterpillar fun here in my childminding service and last week we made some caterpillar collages. The children had great fun using the glue sticks and pieces of green paper to make these very cute caterpillars:

If you would like to make some too they are very simple and lots of fun.

You will need the following:

  • Red card or paper – cut into a circle
  • Purple card or paper – cut into 2 x antennas
  • Yellow card or paper – cut into 2 x eye shapes
  • Green card or paper – cut into 2 x pupils of the eyes
  • Assorted pieces of green paper, card, tissue paper and foam
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • White card

and you need to do the following:

  • Put glue onto the shapes used for the face and either put them in place for your little one on the white card or get them to do it. I found that the younger children needed help with this part of the task but the older ones were able to do it with little guidance.
  • Give your little one the glue stick and get them to use it to draw on the caterpillar’s body (or splodge it all over the white card as some of my little ones did!).
  • Give your little one the pieces of green card, paper etc and get them to stick them into place on the glue.
  • Once the pictures are dry you can then cut around them with the scissors to make them into a caterpillar shape. We have placed our caterpillars up on display in the playroom and the children love them!



Fun Day Monday

How much fun did we have exploring our Very Hungry Caterpillar theme last week? The children loved the feed me caterpillar that we made… especially when I made it gobble up the fruit disks!

One other activity that we did last week was create our own named caterpillars which gave us the opportunity to do a bit of letter recognition and use up some of our milk bottle tops!

If you want to make your own name caterpillar you will need the following:

  • Green card with a leaf printed or drawn onto it
  • 1 red bottle top
  • Enough green bottle tops to spell out your little one’s name
  • A permanent marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Piece of paper or card

and you will need to do the following:

  • Stick the googly eyes onto the red bottle top
  • Draw a smile onto the red bottle top using the permanent marker
  • Spell out your child’s name onto the green bottle tops using one top per letter
  • Write your child’s name onto the piece of paper or card
  • Show your child their name and then show them the bottle tops with the letters on and get them to recognise the letters and attempt to put them into the right order on the leaf
  • Stick the caterpillar’s face on to the leaf followed by the letters of their name

A simple but fun activity to do and if you put it on display you can keep reinforcing letter and name recognition with your little one too.

Fun Day Monday

It’s Monday…. YAY! Did you know that it’s World Book Day this week? I have been planning lots of fun for us to do this week relating to our chosen book… The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We’re going to be making fruit snack pots based on he fruits that the very hungry caterpillar ate from Monday to Friday (I don’t think the mums and dads would appreciate it if we had all of the sugary snacks that the caterpillar eats on Saturday!!). To make this activity even more fun we’re going to go to write a shopping list first and shop for the different fruits. Doing this with your little one gives you so many opportunities for learning as you can talk about colour, texture, size, shape, taste… you get the picture!

I have also prepared a little game for us to play that will help the children with sequencing. I have made my very own munching caterpillar complete with fruits to munch!!

If you fancy making one yourself you will need the following:

  • A Pringles  tin
  • White paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Green/ red/ yellow/ purple card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Milk bottle tops
  • Pictures of fruit (1 x apple, 2 x pears, 3 x plums, 4 x strawberries, 5 x oranges – I used clipart pictures and you can download them here: The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruits )

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly cut the pictures of fruit into circles that will fit the milk bottle tops
  • Using the double-sided tape stick each fruit picture onto the inside of a milk bottle top
  • Take the white paper and wrap it around the Pringles tin and stick in place with the double-sided tape
  • Using the green card cut out a number of ovals increasing in size to make up the caterpillar’s body. Stick them in place using the double-sided tape
  • Now cut an oval for the mouth out of the Pringles tin lid (you may find that the plastic cracks but if it does just tape it back up as you won’t see it)
  • Cut the red card into a circle to fit the lid
  • Cut out a mouth the same size of the mouth you’ve cut into the lid (I traced round the first mouth onto the card so that they would match in size)
  • Cut out eyes from the yellow and green card, a nose from the purple card and some antennae from the purple and red card
  • Stick the various parts into place on the red circle using the glue
  • Stick the red face onto the the plastic lid lining up the mouths
  • You can now give your little one the caterpillar and the fruits to play with (please supervise them when using the milk bottle tops as they could be a choking hazard)

Another activity that we plan to do that takes very little preparation is being caterpillars and butterflies! To be a caterpillar your little one can wriggle about on their tummies and to be a butterfly they can hold a scarf in their hands and “flap” their wings!

What book could you bring alive this week? You don’t have to make games and jump about like we are… simply reading with your little one can be as much fun especially if you adopt silly voices and get them to join in!

For those of you who wanted to see a picture of the flowers idea that I shared with you last week here is one of the children’s vases….I think the lucky mummy receiving this bouquet will be delighted!