Monday, October 8, 2012

Mom & Me Book Club: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We started hosting a Mom & Me book club after discovering this Mommy & Me Book Club website. They have such great ideas! We meet every other week for our book club and we follow the same general pattern of circle-time, crafts, and activities as they do on the website. For this weeks Mom & Me Book club we picked the book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. unfortunately, I was not good about getting a lot of pictures this time. whoops.

Gathering Activity:  
For a gathering activity we let the kids play with pattern blocks and make caterpillars, while waiting for everyone else to arrive.

Show & Tell: 
Each child brought an item related to the book  for show and tell. They stood up in front of everyone, said their name, showed everyone what they brought and told the group about it. 

Circle Time: 
During circle time we sang, "here we are together at Mommy & Me" and we sang through every child's name in attendance. Then we sang the "ABC's." Next we counted from 1-10 and back again from 10-1. We then sang the "Days of the week" song.  Then we read the book, "The Very hungry Caterpillar."


After reading the book we did a sequencing activity. We passed out different props and toys of the different foods from the book to each child and let them try to line up in order of the book. 

For our craft we made caterpillar/butterfly life cycles. The kids got to make the 4 different sections. First they drew a leaf and glued a button on for the egg.  For the caterpillar we used craft pom pom balls of different colors, googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas. They drew the cocoon, and for the butterfly we used colored tissue paper and miniature clothes pins.

For our activity we played a game, sort of a mix between musical chairs and a cake walk. We printed out different food from the book and placed them in a circle on the floor. We played music and let the kids walk around in a circle, stopped the music, called out a food and figured out who was on that one, they were then out of the game and we continued from there.

For treats and snacks we tried to have all the foods from the book. Apples, pears, oranges, plums, chocolate cake, cheese, salami, cherry pie, caterpillar cupcakes and so on. 

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