The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Tot School}

A couple of weeks ago, Piper attended a summer camp at a local church.
That meant that for 5 mornings in a row I was down to 2 kids!
Considering that the babe naps for much of the morning, it ended up being quite the break everyday!
It's too strange not having all my kiddies with me every day but I took advantage of the alone time with Taitum and planned a whole week of activities surrounding The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Here is what we did!

First, she created the leaf with the egg on it by do-a-dotting a leaf green and adding a marshmallow as the egg.

I put this little counting activity on the fridge for her.
Each leaf had a number and she had to put the correct number of eggs (pom pom magnets) on each one.

Another day she made the classic egg carton caterpillar by painting the egg carton strip and adding anntenae and eyes.

She then helped me prepare a game to go along with her caterpillar by cutting out the pictures of food I had printed.

For the game, she would find and count the right food that the caterpillar ate as I came to it in the story.
It was pretty simple but she loved it especially since I added eating noises as she fed the caterpillar!
(Find the food printable here!)

Next, we went to work on a chrysalis.
I thought Tait would love paper mache since she adores sensory play but she ended up being totally grossed out by the feel of the water and flour mixture and I ended up doing the grand majority of it!
Piper helped her paint it after it had dried.
It's hanging on the wall in the kitchen right now and I plan to fill it with butterfly treats to surprise them some day soon! 
Likely after my next trip to Bulk Barn!

We added a little adventure to our learning by travelling out to a local fruit stand.
Taitum was in charge of finding the fruit that the very hungry caterpillar ate and counting out the right number of each.
She was thrilled to get to push the cart around and do her very own grocery shopping!

She couldn't wait to show Piper when she got home and both girls become very hungry caterpillars and gobbled it all up!

Piper joined us in our butterfly project.
The plan was to do a crayon resist painting.
Tait opted out of the crayon part and simply painted her butterfly while Piper did the crayon resist.

So there you have it!
The life cycle of a butterfly on our kitchen wall!
Now we are keeping our eyes open for butterflies and caterpillars when we're playing outside.
We did find some eggs on a leaf a few days ago!

We also watched this video which I found simply amazing!
The whole metamorphosis of a butterfly is so amazing!
I even learned some new things from the facts included in the video!

This week made me really miss our school time.
We really do have so much fun together!
I'm trying my best to chill out and enjoy these warm summer days but truth be told - I'm quite anxious for school to begin again!
I never thought I'd say such a thing!
But I've been working hard on the coming years lesson plans and getting so excited for what is in store for me and my little gals this year!


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