The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of those classic books that can be enjoyed time and time again. It's a book loved by many, including myself! It was one of my childhood favourites and I loved it for its beautiful story and unique, abstract imagery. It's amazing how you can spot an Eric Carle book in a crowd of books simply based on his signature artwork isn't it?
So I was extremely excited to introduce Miss A to this book. Even though she cant read yet, I can tell she loves books. She's always so intrigued by the different pictures and always seems to sit still during reading time. I always try to read with A LOT of enthusiasm and expression as I remember reading that this is how children learn to pick up language at this age. Also she just seems to really enjoy all the different character tones!
I also use a lot of props - be it toys, things we pick up from our walk, or even play dough!
For this activity, I created a caterpillar and fruits out of play dough for her to touch, poke, and smell (cause all our play doughs come deliciously scented!) As we read, we would stop at each page, and I would let her explore the fruit. I would also describe the colour, texture, explain what it tastes like and so on.
I believe by making reading fun and engaging, it allows them to be curious and learn through exploring. It felt like she was the hungry caterpillar eating her way through all the delicious fruit!