31 Days of Read-Alouds: Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a fun read aloud for younger kids.

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The hungry caterpillar literally eats through the book on its way to become a beautiful butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is always available at the library so there’s no excuse to check it out and have some fun with this book.

Activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hands on! 

Save an egg carton and make this super cute butterfly! All you need is an egg carton, paint, and a pipe cleaner for this fun activity!

Cut your egg carton into three pieces so you have 4 pods in each section. Have your child paint the pods and then attach a pipe cleaner for the antenna.

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Other hand’s on activities:

Snacks

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Throughout  The Very Hungry Caterpillar the caterpillar eats his way through a variety of foods. What better way to get your child to try some new foods than to eat through the book with the caterpillar!

Foods mentioned in the story are below:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Pickle
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Salami
  • Lollipop
  • Cherry Pie
  • Sausage
  • Cupcake
  • Watermelon
  • Leaf (lettuce)

The Rice Krispie caterpillar pictured above is easy to make!

Another fun idea are these butterfly snack bags.

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There are many versions of this on the internet so just search “butterfly snack bag” to find one that works for you!

Printable Worksheets

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31 Days of Read-Alouds: Make Way for Ducklings

One of my favorite children’s books of all time is Make Way for Ducklings. I absolutely love the simple brown illustrations and the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard who look all around Boston to find the perfect place for their ducklings.

Children will love listening to how Mrs. Mallard marches her ducklings from one side of town to the other, stopping traffic, meeting an older couple and getting help from their friendly policeman along with way.

Make Way for Ducklings can inspire several different types of activities.  From ducks to the city of Boston, to policemen to peanuts you won’t have any trouble finding activities to coordinate with this fun read-aloud.

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Activities for Make Way for Ducklings

Hand’s On

One simple hand’s on activity for young children is a paper collage. Cut up paper (or have the child cut if they are old enough) into small pieces and have them glue them onto a printed duck outline.

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Younger children can make yellow ducks, while older children can create a mallard, muscovey, crested, or other favorite duck.

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Other activities

Snacks

I realize these are technically "chicks" but your kids probably won't notice!"

I realize these are technically “chicks” but your kids probably won’t notice!”

Printables

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31 Days of Read-Alouds: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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All across the country kids are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday today. It’s a great day to celebrate as Dr. Seuss wrote some of our favorite fun books!

Remember preschool books aren’t just for preschoolers! Throughout the month we’ll be sharing some older child activities for each book as well so they can get involved too. You are never too old to listen to a book!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a great beginner book that starts with counting and winds up talking about a boxing Gox, a winking Yink, a wet pet, and one hair Zeds to name a few.

I love using One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish for beginning readers because words are grouped by sound on the pages. You can also incorporate rhyming activities (as with many of the books by Dr. Seuss).

Activities for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Hands On!

One Fish Two Fish Dr Seuss Craft

Printables!

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Not Just Kid’s Food! 

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More of our favorite Dr. Seuss books! 

More Dr. Seuss on The Happy Housewife

“A person’s a person no matter how small”. ~ Dr. Seuss

Don’t miss a book! Follow along on our 31 days of read-alouds!

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31 Days of Read-Alouds: Green Eggs and Ham Activities

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Green Eggs and Ham is a classic Dr. Seuss beginner books published in 1960. Did you know Green Eggs and Ham was the result of a bet between Dr. Seuss and his publisher? Dr. Seuss was bet that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words.

I wouldn’t make a word bet against the masterful Dr. Seuss! The publisher lost this bet and Green Eggs and Ham was published.

Green Eggs and Ham was one of the earliest books I remember as a child and is still a favorite to read to my own kids. I can remember my mom making green eggs and ham when I was a kid. You can do it too, just add a few drops of food coloring to your scrambled eggs!

We’ve created a word list for all the words used in Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham Word List

This is a great way to work on reading with your kids since there are very few sight words in this book. Use this list to review the words with your child then let them read the book to you!

FREE Activities for Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham 50 Word List 

Green Eggs and Ham Game (by Frugal Navy Wife)

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Green Eggs Candy

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Word Chunk Spinners

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Our favorite reads by Dr. Seuss

More Dr. Seuss on The Happy Housewife

“A person’s a person no matter how small”. ~ Dr. Seuss

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