Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We Play - Feed the Caterpillar


Children play it is what they do and it is a very important part of how they learn. Sometimes they need encouragement to help get the ball rolling and sometimes this Mum needs inspiration for new and exciting play ideas or just a different take on an old favourite. So I will be linking this up with Childhood 101 We Play where you can find lots great play ideas....

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This is a simple counting game which is also great practice of the pincer grip as they get the little pom poms into the caterpillars mouth. You could also practice colours while playing this game.

For Liam I kept it very easy and just counted each pom pom as he feed it to the caterpillar.
For Neevah I teamed it up with one of our favourite books The Very Hungry Caterpillar - by Eric Carle as we read the story she feed her caterpillar the corresponding amount of pom poms to what the caterpillar was eating in the story. Neevah also enjoyed playing this without the book pretending the pom poms were all different kinds of foods like a chocolate chip cupcake and a meatball..... 'Meatball for the Caterpillar yum yum'
For more advanced or older children i would turn this into a dice game (using 1 or 2 dice) with them feeding the caterpillar the right number of pom poms for the number shown on the dice.

Come over and play at Childhood 101 we play link up

11 comments:

grandma said...

great idea!

Chapter Forty said...

This is a great simple idea, my 6 y.o. saw your photos and wants me to make him one. And I think the posting of items through a hole has universal appeal.

Erin said...

And kids just love 'posting' things for some reason :)

CatWay said...

That's so cute and simple to do. I've seen some great puppets for the very hungry caterpillar, but your simple idea is more do-able for me.

Kelly said...

Again, another awesome activity. This would be fun for a party game too I think.

Lara from Silk Playground said...

I love this idea! My 2yo loves 'posting' things. I really like how adaptable this activity is for kids of varying ages/stages of development.

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

Thank you for all the comments ... I hope lots of kids get to enjoy this activity :)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love how you've linked it to The Very Hungry Caterpillar story, one of our faves :)

Marthese said...

very clever!

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