Super excited to finally have this finished! I wanted to bring 'The Hungry Caterpillar' to life because it ticks so many boxes for us.
August loves the story ✅
He likes to post things ✅
He likes to 'feed' people and toys ✅
He likes to shake noisy things ✅.
Having tactile versions of stories like this can do wonders for language development. Children need pictures to tie meaning to language until they know what everything means. For example - I could list ten fruit to you in German (a language you aren't familiar with) but you probably won't know what I'm saying unless I show you pictures of the fruit as I say the new word. It's the same for children. Pictures or physical objects are key to language learning, so being able to hold a picture of each food item like this can support the learning of each piece's name.
🍎 eat a tube of Pringle's or something similar
🍐🍐 either print out or draw the food items. I drew mine because Jon was too busy to print them. I quite enjoyed colouring in whilst watching TV.
🥝🥝🥝 wrap paper around the tube and colour it in. I also then wrapped loads of selotape around to make it shiny and impossible to rip off.
🍓🍓🍓🍓 draw around the lid and colour in a face. Cut it out and put it inside the lid. Cut a hole for a mouth.
🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 laminate the foods if you can. I then used a hole punch to put holes in each piece. This means that in the future I could use them for a threading activity also.
Try not to focus too hard on the story or the order. Your baby is likely to just want to post or just play with the food. It's ENOUGH to just label whatever they're picking up. You'll both get frustrated if there's the expectation to follow the story accurately. Just loosely talk about what's happening and do some counting together!
I introduced August to the Hungry Caterpillar activity I made for him out of a Pringle's tube and some pictures I drew!
You can watch the whole thing here. Well - until he fed the sausage to himself in my phone and stopped the recording!!