The Very Hungry Caterpillar Unit Goes On.. and On and On



I have been watching Eric Carle’s videos about how he paints his pictures and other topics and checking out lots of ideas for extension activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I lay awake last night thinking of ways to incorporate caterpillar activities into our math. I came up with two games. One of them is for addition facts through 10. The other is for counting by 5’s and by 10’s.

One of the side benefits of constructing these games was that the twins got to work on their fine motor skills. I had them trace around circles and then cut them out for the parts of the caterpillar bodies. Emma even got to do some scissor work and tried to punch holes with the hole punch. It was hard for her, but she wanted to try. I’m going to have the twins do some hole punching tomorrow and probably some more cutting. I’m also going to have them play our new math file folder games!


  1. Hello! I’m an italian teacher. I like very much the very hungry cartepillar unit. can I see the activities better? Thank you.

    1. Hi Marina! I showed some more of the activities we did for our Very Hungry Caterpillar unit here in this post. https://www.penneydouglas.com/2010/04/19/are-you-as-hungry-as-a-caterpillar/ If you go to it you will see links for the sources of the activities. I hope you enjoy them!

      We usually go out looking for a caterpillar to raise until it turns into a butterfly each Fall, too. I have written several posts about these adventures under the category of “Caterpillar Chronicles” here on my blog. There are kits you can order, too, that come with baby caterpillars and supplies and instructions for raising butterflies from caterpillars. They are often available from science resource stores and catalogs and online.

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