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These printable activities are based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

A small caterpillar emerges from an egg and begins eating everything in sight. Finally, it is no longer hungry and no longer small. The big, fat caterpillar builds a chrysalis around himself and finally emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

Thanks to This Reading Mama for creating this The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Activity Pack for Homeschool Share.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables and Activities

The The Very Hungry Caterpillar printable pack includes these lessons and activities:

Days of the Week
This book lends itself as the perfect opportunity for teaching days of the week!  You can use Eric Carle’s Today is Monday book to sing the days of
the week. You can also use this fun song:

Days of the Week
to the tune of the Adams Family theme song

Days of the week (snap, snap)
Days of the week (snap, snap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (snap, snap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday
And then there’s Saturday
Days of the week (snap, snap)
Days of the week (snap, snap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (snap, snap)

Use the printable Days of the Week Cards to practice putting the days of the week in order. You will also use them in the next lesson.

Sequencing and Counting
After reading the story, discuss the word sequence. Ask your student, what day did the story start? What day did it end? What happened on Monday?  Ask your student to put the days of the week cards in order. Then, ask him to match the days of the week with the food that was eaten on that day. (For a younger child, you may just want to put the foods in order). You can also use the food for counting exercises. 

If your student is writing, you may want to have him complete this sentence “On________________, he ate______________, but he was still hungry.”

Use The Very Hungry Caterpillar Count and Clip cards for more counting fun!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Count and Clip Cards

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Patterns
Make caterpillar patterns with the printables provided.

Size Sequencing with The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Ask your student to put the caterpillars and butterflies in order according to size. First: smallest to largest
Second: largest to smallest

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Size Sequencing Activity

Listmaking
Let your student make a list of all the things the caterpillar ate.
If you want, make a picnic lunch out of the same items; just be sure not to get a stomachache!

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Pickle
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Salami
  • Lollipop
  • Cherry Pie
  • Sausage
  • Cupcake
  • Watermelon

Counting Butterflies Emergent Reader
Your student can make and read her own count and color book with the printable Counting Butterflies Emergent Reader.

Counting Butterflies Emergent Reader

Healthy and Unhealthy Foods
Ask your student if she thinks the hungry caterpillar ate healthy foods or unhealthy foods. What makes foods healthy or unhealthy?

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and other good stuff for us! We should make sure to eat plenty of fruit and plenty of vegetables!

Nutritionists all agree that refined sweeteners (sugar) and refined grains (white flour) are not good for us, so things like pies, cakes, and candies should be limited or avoided.

Sort the printable food cards into two groups: healthy and unhealthy.

The Life Cycle of the Butterfly Sequencing Cards
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great book for teaching the life cycle of the butterfly.
Using the cards provided, discuss the life cycle of the butterfly with your stude

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequence Cards

Caterpillar Bug Jug
Prepare a caterpillar home using a small fish tank, a shoebox or milk carton with a hole cut for viewing. Cover the hole with hosiery. Place a small twig or two in the home for it to use during the pupation phase of its life. Take your student for a caterpillar hunt. Look for caterpillars on the leaves and stems of plants. For food, take a supply of leaves from the plant on which you found the caterpillar. Sprinkle the leaves with a little water and keep them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Or take several small branches of the leaves and place them in water.

Drama: Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Act out the life cycle of a butterfly. My kids especially liked acting it out (their idea) with blankets for cocoons and wings.

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How to Get Started with Your The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Very Hungry Caterpillar printables.

  1. Buy or borrow The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
  2. Choose and prepare the lessons and printables you want to use with your student.
  3. Enjoy a week of reading and learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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