The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Last week the children really enjoyed all the activities linked to The Bear Hunt. This week we are moving onto another firm favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  You can watch the story being told by clicking this link…

Once you have shared the story with your child you could try some of these activities.

Communication and Language

Once again, this story has lots of phrases that are repeated. We will always encourage the children to join in with these parts of the story… ‘but he was still hungry!’ You could also look carefully at the types of food that the caterpillar eats through. Does your child recognise them? Have they tried them? Next time you shop you could buy a few of the food items that your child has never tried and have a taste session. Encourage your child to describe how the food tastes.

Physical Development

At Nursery we are always finding creative ways to develop children’s fine motor control to get them ready for using a pencil and writing.

If you have some paper at home cut out a leaf shape- then use a hole punch and allow your child to make holes around the leaf. The squeezing action really helps to develop the muscles in the hands needed for writing.


An important concept in Mathematic Development is learning the days of the week. This story names each new day. In Nursery we start each session by naming the day and using our ‘Days of the Week’ song to help children become familiar with sequence. We also sign the days of the week- you could learn the Makaton signs by watching this video.

Expressive Arts and Design

Look at the description of the bear ('One shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big goggly eyes! IT'S A BEAR!'). Can your child use pen and paper to draw a picture of a bear? We’d love to see their picture when they return to Nursery

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The caterpillar eats his way through a range of foods- some healthy and some not-so healthy! It is always good to talk to children about treats being part of a balanced diet. This lesson from Oak Academy helps children to think about healthy and unhealthy food choices.