A Very Hungry Caterpillar Tot School

Tot School
~Eliana is 29 months old~
We have been reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar for Tot School and Preschool. Since Mali is learning about the the Letter C I focused on caterpillars with him and butterflies with Elli (a few things are cross posted).

Our library did not have this book available, so I bought it from our local book store. Since they gift wrap for free, I thought it would be fun to surprise Elli and Mali.

It was cute watching them open it up. (They don't often get wrapped gifts - I just don't think about it).
So, we read the book . . . many times. The book came with a CD of Eric Carle reading the book, so we also listened to the CD and acted out the story using a caterpillar that I made with pipe cleaners. It was fun poking the caterpillar through the holes as we read the book.

And here are some of the activities we did this week:

Butterfly Sequencing

Elli did this butterfly sequencing activity from Carisa's The Very Hungry Caterpillar Tot Book/Activity Pack.

Purple Handprints
This activity was to allow her some free hand painting fun before making our next activity . . .

Handprint Butterfly
I helped Elli make this handprint butterfly by positioning her hands for her. We used circles (letter C activity from Mali's lesson) for the body and I drew the eyes and antennae.

Pompom Tray
Elli likes this tray and requested it again. :-)

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Lunch

A VHC Muffin Tin, Celery Caterpillars on a leaf, and Butterfly sandwiches.

 Market Shopping
We played "Going to the Market" in preparation for our picnic.

Play Picnic

I got this cute picnic basket at Target months ago and have been saving it to go along with this lesson. I had been wanting a new tea set for her that was not breakable (like the ceramic one she has), but not plastic, and this is the perfect little tin set. I love it and she asks for it everyday, so I think she likes it too.

She even did a great job folding up the napkins to put them away.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

A real picnic with many of the foods from the book, plus a cucumber caterpillar. We listened to the CD during our picnic and it made for a special lunch.

My Little Butterfly

She wore this several days in a row and pretended to be a butterfly, jumping off the couch pillows.
Color Mixing Lab
This was an activity from Mali's preschool lesson. She really enjoyed this!
To see what others did for Tot School this week, click here.


  1. The caterpillar picnic is awesome! She looks so girly, too with all of her baskets and pink things. OH, the butterfly sandwich from Preschool Corner post is such a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing all of these!

  2. What wonderful activities. Very creative:)

  3. Cute Activities! We just went back to school today after a two week break. What a celebration it was for us.

  4. Ok ... that was just way too cute and as Auntie Lizzy I must have a copy of Eli in her butterfly outfit and if you have an extra copy of the butterfly handprint, they need to go together in a frame hanging on my wall!!! That is priceless!!!:)

  5. That caterpillar picnic looks so yummy! What a fun way to extend the book so much further.

  6. We are so pleased to have found your site. These activities look so much fun! The picnic looks wonderful! :)