The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Play-doh

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic.  Beautifully illustrated with collages, it's short enough to keep a preschooler's attention. It is about a caterpillar who turns into a butterfly and eats a lot in between.
One of my son's favorite activities to do when we read this book is to get out play dough and recreate the food in the story. 

This is my son's favorite page.  As you can see, he has to actually lay the food on top of the book to be sure it matches closely enough.  Good thing it's a board book.  We did the food first and lost a little steam making that sad little caterpillar...

I often suggest making the butterfly on the last page instead, but my son always insists on making the food.

Have you ever recreated something from a book using play dough?
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1 comment:

  1. Wow! I've just found your blog through your Valentine's Activity. I am also a teacher and love the fabulous ideas you have here on your blog! I am just starting preschool style activities with my daughter but have read to her since she was in the womb. She loves books and can 'read' some of them herself at 18 months. The Hungry Catterpillar is a favourite and I think we'll have to try out some playdough making!
    I am now following your blog and can't wait for new ideas! I also loved your post on 'ready to read'. Please come visit at Just For Daisy! :)


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