Ten little caterpillars in a jar

The book titled “Ten Little Caterpillars” by Bill Martin Jr. is a wonderful book to use as an introduction to exploring the many different kinds of caterpillars and butterflies there are in the real world…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

“Ten Little Caterpillars” is a beautifully illustrated book that takes you on an adventure of finding a different caterpillar on each page until you work your way through all ten caterpillars…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

At the end of the book, the children can look through all the different caterpillars as well as the beautiful butterflies they change into. My students were extremely curious about each type of caterpillar and wanted to know the different caterpillar and butterfly names.  After all, there are so many cool names such as the woolly bear caterpillar and the painted lady caterpillar…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

In preparation of reading this book to my students, I made up a set of caterpillars out of craftsticks and pompoms. The children certainly could have made these for themselves but I wanted to use them as part of the story telling experience in circletime…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

We read the book a second time only this time, we also counted ten caterpillars from our caterpillar jar…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

We counted and compared our pretend caterpillars to the caterpillars that were in the book and found some similarities but mostly we found differences…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

And we looked to see if we could form any patterns with our caterpillars…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

And then I gave each child a caterpillar to keep as a story book token to bring home. The children carried their caterpillars around with them throughout the classroom day…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

And used them as inspiration to draw caterpillars in their journals or simply kept them out for play…

Ten Little Caterpillars | Teach Preschool

Our 10 little caterpillars (plus the extras I made for play) were a simple and fun addition to our day. The children enjoyed using them for play and they made a great story book token to promote conversation about caterpillars at home too!

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By |2017-04-02T10:42:07+00:00July 17th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

3 Comments

  1. Letters Numbers and Books oh my! July 17, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    That is a fun book. I just posted a set of butterfly learning stations and 2 great books that would be fun for your Preschoolers if your interested https://gidgetsbookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/butterfly-learning-stations/

  2. Robin S. July 17, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Deborah, Where did you get the journals? do they have lines pages in them for writing too? Thanks for all of your ideas!
    Robin

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