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!

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March

Are you doing anything to mark World Book Day? Here in my childminding service we are going to go on a bear hunt using all different materials for an added sensory experience. You don’t have to do anything as adventurous as that, even sharing a favourite book with your child can be a nice way to mark the day. If you want more ideas though I’d strongly recommend going to the World Book Day website and clicking on their resources page and checking out the different ideas and printables there.

Have fun whatever you decide to do and HAPPY READING!!