The Very Hungry Caterpillar
An activity developed by Ann Dovey of Ellington Primary School using Roamer to tell the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Write names of each day of the week on separate pieces of card. Use these cards to help the children learn the days of the week. Seven children could line up with a "day" each. Other children could be asked to find a particular day, or put them in order.
Have a painting session to make the food for the story. Also paint 2 caterpillars, 1 butterfly, 2 leaves (one with an egg on) and also make a cocoon (a tunnel made out of cardboard).
When the "food" is dry mount it on cards for use in game. (see diagram)
Decide layout with the children. Place a start card and the days of the week cards on the floor. (A start card is necessary otherwise you will end up with two Sundays.) Arrange the cards until you are happy with the layout. Do not have a distance of more than 3 Roamer steps between them otherwise space becomes a problem.
Make a note of the distance and direction between each "day", then write program cards for the children to follow. Do not forget to label which "day" they are for. (see diagram)
Have a container for the children to put the "food" and program cards in. A medium sized cardboard box is ideal - call it the story box.
Tape days of the week to the floor. Use Roamer and your program cards to position these accurately. Place the "food" and program cards next to the relevant days (see diagram).
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