Rea thinks my hole puncher is the GREATEST thing ever. I love the idea of letting her use it because it is great fine motor practice and unlike scissors, she cannot cut her hair, her finger, or her brother… But here is the problem, the grip on the average hole punch is WAY too big for Lil’ hands. So I bought her this set of hole punchers and I was inspired to use them for the blog.
We are going to continue with the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and use our hole punches to punch the corresponding number of holes in each piece of fruit.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10 (1-5)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-10 (1-5)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-20 (1-5)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-20 (1-5)


  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Fruit Punches Template

*Hole Punch


Step #1
Print and cut the Fruit Punches Template.

There are 3 strips on one page so you can do this activity multiple times, but you don’t have to.

Step #2
Trace over the number 1 using the marker.
Step #3
Use the hole punch to punch one hole in the apple.
Step #4
Trace the number 2 on the pear.

Use the hole punch to punch 2 holes on the pear.

Step #5
Continue tracing and punching holes until there are 3 holes in the plum, 4 holes in the strawberry, and 5 holes in the orange.

Teacher Tip

I love these hole punches because your Lil’ can use two hands if they need since they can rest on the table or they can progress to holding the hole puncher in one hand and the paper in the other hand.


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