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Recently, as a part of the Storybook Summer blog hop, Squeaker and I explored The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. He’s one of my favorite children’s authors and I plan to do a lot with his books- through in tot school, home preschool, and homeschooling. For our exploration of this book, I’ve also created a mini pack that would be great for toddlers and preschoolers or children with special needs. Thank you for taking the time to take a look at our The Very Hungry Caterpillar mini unit!

Come explore The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle with us in this mini tot school unit. We're also providing free printables for you.

To start, we read the book. Squeaker has a board book copy as well, but we used our bigger copy for the beginning of our exploration. If you prefer, you can also listen to a reading of the book on YouTube.

Our next task, after I printed up a few quick pages, was to color our caterpillar and butterfly. Squeaker chose the colors that she wanted and went to work on the butterfly. But, for the caterpillar, I tried to get her to stick with greens, blues, and red.

Once we had that all colored, we made our own caterpillar with an egg carton, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and do a dot markers.

 the very hungry caterpillar mini tot school unit

We talked about butterflies, the letter B, and the letter C, during this mini unit. Another thing that we talked about were the days of the week. We used the magnetic days from our Melissa and Doug calender on a cookie sheet to line up the days in the right order.

And to go along with this, I made a mini printable pack. We’ll probably use this later on in our tot school or home preschool when we do our bigger unit on Eric Carle books.

Here are a couple of preview pages for you:



What’s in this pack:

* Coloring pages

* Sequencing cards

* 3 Part Cards

* Day of the Week Signs (butterfly, caterpillar, and combination)

>>>> Download the Mini Pack <<<<

I also split the 3 part cards into their own download in case you’d like those on their own. In total it’s 4 pages of cards.

>>>> Download the 3 Part Cards <<<<

I hope that you find these of use in your own Tot School or Home preschool program 🙂

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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8 years ago

I’m going to be sharing this with my kids preschool teachers as they have been working on this! Beautiful work.

Sara @ Handy Herbs
8 years ago

Love that book as do all my children. Thanks for sharing some lovely related activities. Great sequencing cards and craft idea. #ToddlerFunFriday

Ali Gilbert
8 years ago

Great way to further explore a great story. Can’t wait to try this with my toddler! Thanks for linking up on #ToddlerFunFriday!

8 years ago

My kids love this book! We’ll be sure to try your activities, because it’s a great extension to the book. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday. You’ve been featured here:

7 years ago

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