Hole Punching Hungry Caterpillar Activity {Free Printable}


This easy-prep fine motor activity goes with Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar activity - a fun way for preschoolers to practice fine motor and pre-reading skills.

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I ought to be tired of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (affiliate) by now, but I’m not. With three kids, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it. Hundreds, surely.

Yet, I still love it. Do you?

I also should be well past any excitement about hole punches, yet I still feel strangely satisfied using one. Is that weird?

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hole Punching Activity

My kids share my inclination to make small holes in paper. The twins were eager to test out this Hungry Caterpillar activity.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar activity - a fun way for preschoolers to practice fine motor and pre-reading skills.

Isabella punched every item, and then went back and punched some of them again. I like that our hole punch has a good finger guard, so I don’t feel like I have to monitor her too closely with it.

Did you know that Eric Carle got the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar while using a hole punch? According to Wikipedia, he originally planned a book about a bookworm, rather than a caterpillar!

I can’t imagine the story without the beautiful butterfly at the end.

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Pre-Reading and Fine Motor Skills in a Hungry Caterpillar Activity

The free printable hole punching strips are easy to use. Just cut them on the dotted lines, color the food items, and hole punch each one in the order that they appear in the story. You can guide the child to work from left to right as a subtle pre-reading lesson. You can also encourage them to retell the story as they punch the holes.

They’ll be too busy having fun to notice that they’re working on fine motor skills and pre-reading skills.

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