The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
thick marker or pre-cut letters and glue
cards with upperand lowercase letters
1. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the children.
2. Help the children make a caterpillar by decorating the paper plates to make
the body and head.
3. Punch holes on each side of the plates and tie them in a row, beginning with
the head. Use a very thick marker to write the letters of the alphabet on the
plates, or glue on pre-cut letters. Write one letter per plate.
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4. Tell a hungry caterpillar story where the caterpillar eats the letters of the
alphabet. Sing the “Alphabet Song.”
5. Put cards with matching letters into a box or bag. Encourage the children to
draw them out, one at a time, and match them to the letters on the
Tip: The children can use the caterpillar and letter cards to practice matching
lowercase letters to uppercase letters and words to their beginning sounds.