Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar

I have a really fun job.  I work for our City in the Parks and Recreation Department.  I am a Program Instructor who gets to teach all sorts of awesome programs to children and adults.  You can find our brochure and program details here.  
 
One of the programs that I am having a great time with right now is called Toddlers in the Park.  It is a parent participatory {meaning parents stay and interact with their children} program that targets 2 – 3 year olds.  It is based outdoors, at a local park and follows a somewhat traditional preschool program outline. 
Today I want to share with you the day plan that I have created for this program.  Each week we explore a different theme / unit and this week was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I like to have my guys test out projects that I have planned for my preschool programs.  Here is one of their construction paper caterpillars.
Here is the day plan for Toddlers in the Park.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
 
9:30 – 9:45  Introductions, circle time songs and a book
We sing: Bloop, Bloop Went the Little Green Frog, Way Up High in the Apple tree
We read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
9:45 – 10:00 Nature walk and first letter identification
We collect: 5 items found in nature and bring them back to an alphabet that I have drawn on the pavement with chalk. Then each child places their item on the appropriate letter of the alphabet {ie. place a flower on “F”, a rock on “R”}
10:00 – 10:15 Snack time
10:15 – 10:30 Craft 
We create:  a construction paper caterpillar {pictured above}. Children glue and tape loops of construction paper together to form a caterpillar
10:30 – 10:45 Learning Activities
We assist the children in trying a number of different learning activities geared towards preschoolers.  For this unit I used the FREE Apple Preschool Printables from Two Teaching Mommies.
10:45 – 11:00 Games and free choice
We play:  Go, Go, Stop and Simon Says

Children and adults will often take the remainder of the time to play on a playground nearby.  This time is essential for children to practice their gross motor skills and for parents to socialize and share stories with each other.

Cameron practising his fine motor skills with some line tracing.  I laminate the printables and the crayon wipes right off so that they can be used again and again.
Here is an Apple sorting game that incorporates counting as well.  Our apple poem:
Way up high in the apple tree, {reach arms way up high}
Two little apples smiled at me, {make apples with fists}
I shook that tree as hard as I could, {make shaking motion with hands}
Down came the apples, {show hands and fingers falling}
Mmmmmm they were good! {rub tummy}
These are some of the Learning Activities from Two Teaching Mommies.  My favorite is identifying the apple parts.
Here is a craft that the boys brought home from preschool the other day ~ a coffee filter butterfly!  You could easily incorporate this into the Very Hungry Caterpillar unit as well.
 
Have fun with your little ones!
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