Thursday, May 3, 2012

Readers' Theater and a Little Math

We have been thinking a lot about caterpillars and butterflies at our house.  We have been watching caterpillars turn into chrysalis and are waiting for them to emerge as butterflies. 

While waiting I decided to do a Readers’ Theater with the girls using the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

First I downloaded masks from Ian Nicholls from let me try out his downloadable masks.  There are tons of animal masks to choose from and can be used in so many different ways. 

 The masks come in two versions:  already colored and black and white coloring book style.  I printed out the caterpillar and the butterfly in the coloring book style.

The girls colored them and cut them out.  Instead of making them into masks, we glued popsicle sticks to the back of each one and made puppets.

The girls loved the butterflies on the sticks because they could make them fly and flap their wings.

Then while I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the girls acted out the story.

We used colored buttons to represent all the fruit and food the caterpillar eats during the week.  We put the buttons in a graph.  At the end I had the girls count how much fruit and food the caterpillar had eaten through.

When we were done with the story the girls had fun running around the yard making their butterflies fly and land on flowers.


  1. Wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Carolyn

  2. Those are perfect sized puppets! Also, I love the idea of using the buttons to retell Very Hungry Caterpillar. We'll have to try that.

    1. We had a lot of fun making those puppets. They were perfect for little hands to color and cut out.
      Thanks for reading, Jackie!

  3. I love this book. We will definitely try the math idea using something to represent the food eaten.

    1. Yes, it is one of my favorite books! Using something to help visualize the food really worked well. It was something tangible for them to hold and see as we read the story.
      Thanks for reading!

  4. How fun!

    My kids are past the Very Hungry Caterpillar stage. sigh . . . I'd make these puppets and try this out for sure.
    I hope some parents and teachers try out this activity you shared. The girls looked like they had fun.

    It's springtime the best?

    1. Michelle, Thanks for reading! I do love spring time. I love doing projects and play outdoors!