June 25 is the birthday of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle. Many are celebrating Happy Birthday Eric Carle throughout the week. I always loved sharing Eric Carle’s books with young children, and today I’m happy to share Montessori-inspired Eric Carle activities I found online.
Many Eric Carle activities I find online have touches of Montessori inspiration, but I’ll just share a few activities here that use a number of Montessori principles. Of course, most Eric Carle activities can be adapted for use in a Montessori-inspired unit.
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Author Study – The World of Eric Carle from Teacher Types
My Very First Book of Shapes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Tot School ~ C is for Caterpillar (including free Very Hungry Caterpillar printables and a number of Very Hungry Caterpillar activities)
Make Your Own Very Hungry Caterpillar from Pink and Green Mama
From Caterpillar to Butterfly Felt Activity from Little Wonders’ Days (The blog is no longer available.)
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party from The Education of Ours
Counting with The Very Hungry Caterpillar from The Princess and the Tot
The Very Hungry Kiddo Pair from OurMontessoriHome.Wordpress.com
Update: Some resources we used in 2020:
On Eric Carle’s birthday in 2020, my 2-year-old grandson, Caleb, and I used two of the free activity pages from Puffin Schools along with the English and Spanish books (focusing on the Spanish words for caterpillar and butterfly), and Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar Game. (Note: With preschoolers, I typically play games cooperatively. Here, we used one caterpillar playing piece and worked together to reach the goal and build the butterfly puzzle.) Caleb also had a feast of strawberries!⠀
We did two activity pages (without pencil and paper … just hands-on activities). I loved that on the Hide and Seek page in the photo, Caleb quickly found the Hungry Caterpillar, found all the other animals, and then brought out the Safari Ltd. insects we’ve been using for our summer unit along with a Schleich deer and rabbit from our animal basket to complete the scene!
Be sure to check out my Montessori-Inspired Caterpillar-Butterfly Unit (roundup post) for LOTS of ideas that can be used with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Very Quiet Cricket Hunt from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Grouchy Ladybug
Free Ladybug Printables and Montessori-Inspired Ladybug Activities (my post) and Montessori-Inspired Insect Unit (includes some ladybug posts)
The Very Busy Spider
A House for Hermit Crab
Beach Exploration Activities from Carrots Are Orange
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
I have a Montessori-Inspired Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities roundup post.
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