Caterpillar and Leaves for the Felt Board

Caterpillars are fun insects for kids to explore - they're fuzzy, and crawly, and they like to climb trees to munch on leaves! Try this fun activity for kids that combines all these elements on the felt board.

Caterpillar on a tree branch - Preschool Toolkit

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Caterpillar on a tree branch - Preschool Toolkit

How to make the caterpillar and tree:

You will need:

Cut out the tree trunk from burlap in one piece, with at least one long branch for the caterpillar. Burlap provides texture for the tree trunk.

Cut a tree top and leaves from green felt.

Cut circles from felt in different shades of green and yellow.

Glue or draw features onto a felt circle to make the caterpillar's face.

 Caterpillar on a tree branch - Preschool Toolkit

Place the pieces on the felt board, beginning with the tree trunk and tree top.

Hang leaves from the branches.

Add circles one at a time to make the caterpillar creep along the branch.

Which leaf will the caterpillar nibble first?

Learning through play:

1. Count the circles as you add them to the branch.
2. After the caterpillar nibbles a leaf, remove it from the tree. Count the remaining leaves.
2. Name the colors.
3. Place the caterpillar over and under the branch.

 

This is a fun activity to add to your insect or nature theme or simply provide the felt pieces for a quiet time activity.

Continue observing and discussing caterpillars and butterflies with the crafts and activities you will find on our Pinterest board.

 

Caterpillar toys to extend the fun!

Activity Caterpillar             Apple Playset             Bean Bag Toy               Tunnel

             

 

 


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