The idea is to have a leaf of every color that you have caterpillars. Put numbers on the leaves and match that number to the number of caterpillars that are that same color. I also found a big bag of beads so that we could add beads to our caterpillars for even more color matching fun!
Avery sat on my lap while we were making some of the caterpillars, which is a very difficult word for an 18 month old to say! But it was a good chance for me to point out colors and work with her a bit on that too.
Sam had a great time with this activity and since I have been trying to get her to recognize her number symbols that was an added bonus practice that we got in tonight.
The Nitty Gritty!
Skills worked on tonight with this activity:
- color matching
- number recognition
- hand-eye coordination
But the key for me was talking with Sam about caterpillars. I showed her a picture of what our caterpillar will grow up to look like. Then we talked about why we were putting our little bead caterpillars on leaves, why there were leaves in our caterpillar home and where we might find other caterpillars outside. Simple ideas but for Sam it is putting the bigger picture together for her.