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The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Creative Beginnings

13th June 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Learning through discovery and interest are two driving forces at Creative Beginnings Early Learning and Kindergarten.

After finding a caterpillar in their garden, the children at Creative Beginnings started questioning and learning more about their new friend. Seeing the children’s interest in the caterpillar, they decided to read the classic children’s book by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar with the children.

Discussions about the book led to the children creating a poster of all the foods they think The Very Hungry Caterpillar would enjoy. They demonstrated their numeracy skills through counting how many different foods they imagined the caterpillar would eat each day and also explored days of the week in the context of the book.

Our Very Hungry Caterpillar Project - What Caterpillars Eat

From here, the children started to question the evolution of this very hungry caterpillar.

This was the perfect opportunity for educators to discuss the lifecycle of a butterfly. After watching a short clip and then drawing their interpretation of each stage of the lifecycle, children had the opportunity to develop their hand eye coordination and practice using pencils and pens through this interactive experience.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

All of this work made the children very hungry.

Keeping in theme, the children created their interpretation of a caterpillar using fruit and vegetables. This allowed for the exploration of colour, shape and discussions around nutrition.

Caterpillars made out of food!

Creative Beginnings Early Learning Centre actively involves children in the creation of the menu, as well as in the preparation of meals. By involving children in this process, they are more open to trying new textures and flavours as well as supported in forming a healthy relationship with food and nutrition.

From experimenting with balloons and paint, adding to the family of images of this very lucky caterpillar, to making pet caterpillars from donated socks, children continued exploring different activities relating to the centre’s very hungry new friend with the support of the educators.

Centre Manager, Sam Berger, says, “The children enjoyed talking about what colour paint they used and looking at what patterns the balloons made on the paper.”

Painting caterpillars with balloons.

She adds, “We also created an area for children to play with the caterpillar, which they have thoroughly enjoyed. One of our families brought in a Hungry Caterpillar puzzle, too. The children are still enjoying attempting the puzzle as a group.”

Puzzles and caterpillars at Creative Beginnings

What’s next for the homage of this very hungry caterpillar?

After learning about the evolution of a butterfly, the children have been inspired to learn how to help plants grow.

Sam says, “Every child and educator in the room has planted their own bean in a small pot. The children chose their own beans to plant and have been watching and watering the beans every day. We recently watched a short video of the Bean Germination, which shows the lifecycle of the bean.”

This story is by no means over. Book a tour today to explore the progression of the bean project and meet their very hungry caterpillar for yourself.

Life cycle of a bean display

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