Teaching abstract concepts such as “big, bigger”, “big, bigger, biggest”, or “good, better, best” can be tricky. Use our play dough fun activity set to make the concepts more concrete! Use play dough to create caterpillars that are longer/shorter; fruit that is smaller/bigger; butterflies that fly high/higher/highest, etc. All of the items in this package are perfect for a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme. You can start by reading the book and talking about the characters, and then move onto learning about comparatives and superlatives! This works wonderfully one-on-one in speech therapy, homeschool, pre-k, or K and you can also complete this as a group and make a game of it.
CarolAnn D – February 28, 2020
“My students love the book and the resources in this packet made them enjoy it more.”
Students were engaged: Strongly agree
Grades I used it with: Early Childhood, PreK: Primarily students with learning difficulties, and on the autism spectrum
FUN WITH NUMBERS
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Practice learning about numbers with the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” themed activity, perfect for a literacy-themed week. The caterpillar has taken bites out of each piece of fruit and needs help counting how many bites he has taken. Your little ones can then practice counting, tracing the numbers, and matching the correct number to the correct square. This activity is great for counting skills, number recognition, tracing, fine motor skills, and matching, and can be used independently, one-on-one, or in a group setting.
FEED THE CATERPILLAR FOR COUNTING & NUMBER RECOGNITION
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Cut out the numbers and the fruit items to “feed” the caterpillar with. This activity is wonderful for counting and number recognition, but can be taken even further by learning colours, types of fruit, and re-telling the familiar story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
You can use this item in speech therapy with your clients and have them attach a piece of fruit to the caterpillar every time they attempt a goal trial.
You can use this in your classroom at a literacy/math station.
You can use this in your home with your toddler or pre-schooler.
To make this activity really stand the test of time, I suggest laminating the caterpillar sheet and the pieces of fruit and attaching velcro so they really stick. If you do not have access to such resources but like the sounds of that type of activity, you can contact the Teaching Toddler Talk Etsy Shop to purchase a physical copy mailed right to your door!
FOUR HUNGRY CATERPILLAR-THEMED PACING BOARDS
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These pacing boards contain objects for two, three, four, and five word utterences and can be used to elicit language for a multitude of goals including, but not limited to: fluency, separation of sounds, rhyming, separation of syllables, and much more!!
All four pacing boards are perfect to go along with the hungry caterpillar theme you are using in your speech therapy program, classroom, or literacy program at home!
My favourite way to use them is to cut each one out (x4), and laminate, then use over and over again.
Pro Tip: I love using a pacing board at the beginning of each speech & language therapy session to practice carrier phrases in conversational text with reciprocal language goals in mind. For instance, I will touch each rainbow as I say “how are you?”, and use a hand-over-hand approach to elicit the same question from my student.
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OPEN-ENDED Scene for Language Development
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Here are just a couple of the ways in which I use scenes:
1. Articulation: Practice sounds that you see on the scene in isolation, at the word-level, in phrases, and in sentences. When student is at the structured conversational level, talk about what you see in the photo and discuss speech sounds afterward.
2. Prepositions: EXAMPLE: “The butterfly is UNDER the rainbow”
3. Colors (use the rainbow)
4. Counting (count the butterflies)
5. Expansions and Extensions: “I see a butterfly”, “I see a blue butterfly”, “I see a pretty blue butterfly” “I see a pretty blue butterfly flying”, “I see a pretty blue butterfly, flying in the sky”
6. Receptive and Expressive Communication: Use bingo dabbers and give your students a scene. Have them bingo dab objects that you say aloud, to show they understand the meaning of the object. Then you can bingo dab a larger print out sheet and have students say aloud what the object is.
.. AND SO MUCH MORE!
What makes this scene extra special? Well, I have “theme weeks” in my speech therapy room and so can you! And what fun a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme would be.
Story Retell Activity for Expressive/Receptive Vocabulary
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Reading is fun, but sometimes the concepts can be a bit abstract for little ones. Story retell brings the stories to life, giving a more abstract concept a concrete feel. In this activity, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle is broken down into five key concepts, represented using clip-art characters. These characters can be cut out and placed in one of five columns on the second page. After doing so, the story is simplified into five key points which makes re-telling it from memory much easier. Doing so builds on receptive and expressive vocabulary and expands on current lexicon. Story retell is also the easiest way to move information from the short-term memory storage to the long-term memory storage. Have fun, and build vocabulary and brain power with this exciting yet simple activity! Great for the classroom, speech/language clinic, homeschool, or with your toddlers.