The Very Hungry Caterpillar is very popular in our house so we set up a Hungry Caterpillar sensory area dedicated to it, pulling out all of the toys and books that have come our way over the last few years. There is so much amazing merchandise associated with this popular book and if it isn’t on your bookshelf it might be worth adding it to your little one’s birthday list.
I bought a meter of caterpillar fabric from our local haberdashery and wrapped it round a blanket to make a nice soft space for reading and added toys associated with the book. There were puzzles, pop up books, a lacing apple and a finger puppet version of the book too.
The area quickly developed to be one of my little ones favourite places so we added some more space and some caterpillar toys, a butterfly, links and lots of textured fabric and we were soon having conversations about what the caterpillar would eat so out came the vegetables too! Fabric and plastic vegetables gave different textures for her to play with and she loved gathering the same food as the caterpillar was eating.
This idea quickly moved to our sensory class setting and we had many children enjoying one on one time with their parents reading and discovering the toys involved in the story.
Bringing a story to life is an amazing thing to do and there is so much evidence of the positive benefits that introducing books to our little ones at a young age.
Dig out your favourite book and have lots of fun with it, we’d love to see what you come up with!