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.
Toddlers in the Park ~ 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.
Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar
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.

Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar
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.
Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar
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}
Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar
These are some of the Learning Activities from Two Teaching Mommies.  My favorite is identifying the apple parts.
Toddlers in the Park ~ the Very Hungry Caterpillar
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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