Day 2 of our Caterpillar and butterfly theme. This a picture that didn't turn out so well but it is suposed to be a caterpillar eating a leaf.I told the kids that they start out very tiny ans they eat and eat and eat. My daughter said like our baby? Yes just like our baby so he can grow and get bigger. For circle time we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.The kids loved putting their fingers in the holes and my preschooler daughter knew the story after one time of reading it. Of course we reviewed letter sounds A-I and introduced the #5.How many fingers do you have? How many toes? 5
Next we took each item that the caterpillar ate and we made 1 apple, 2 pears and 3 plums and so on. I cut a hole in them to put a caterpillar through.To make the caterpillar we took one I found on clip art and glued it to a Popsicle stick. The caterpillar is on my daughters nose.
For toddler time we talked about the fruits and the colors and we counted each type as we stuck the caterpillar through the food shown on the picture on the right. Down below is our color match with 5 caterpillars and 5 butterflies.He had to match the colors up for example, yellow caterpillar to yellow butterfly.
I wanted to say a little bit about toddler time. They absorb so much at this age. They are like little sponges.It is important to have a structured routine that they can depend on and to have a lot of repetition. If they want to stop an activity stop and do something else.If they want to join in an activity that you are teaching let them.They do need a lot of supervision though. It is important to go at their own pace. At this age they are little scientists they throw things to see what will happen, they touch everything. They like to pull and push things. Get down with them and observe what they do. We are a musical family so their is a lot of music and silly dancing.Other favorites are finger plays.Many of them you can find on line. I also teach them sign language.Since they don't talk for a while it is nice when they can sign milk and you know exactly what they want. My daughter on the bottom picture is signing red. We found red things around the room.