My favorite lessons to write are the ones where the kiddos are so engaged in a fun activity they don’t even realize they are learning. This is one of those lessons. Your Lil’ will love designing their little caterpillar so much that they will hardly realize they engaged in a learning activity.

With that said, this activity can easily be side tracked. If you want this activity to focus on patterns, you will have to help keep your child focused and remind them to use the shapes to build patterns. Remember, you can always adjust this lesson to meet your child’s needs. If they need to slow down, you can start the pattern and have them add to it and if they need an extra challenge, encourage them to make more complex patterns. I really enjoyed doing this lesson with my 2-year-old because not only did she get excited about her little caterpillars, but she really impressed me with her ability to complete patterns. I hate to say it, but she learned it all from Mickey Mouse (no they did not pay me to say that.)

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Patterns

• Create simple A-B or A-B-B repeating patterns

Geometry

• Identify common 2-dimensional shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, heart, star, circle, semi-circle, oval, diamond, heart

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Patterns

• Create simple A-B-C or A-B-B repeating patterns

Geometry

• Identify common 2-dimensional shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, heart, star, circle, semi-circle, oval, diamond, heart

3 Pom Poms

Step #1

Invite your child to make caterpillars using a pattern.

Step #2

Use the shape stickers to make a pattern. Show your child how to make a pattern by starting one and asking them to help you finish. For example, arrange the following shapes circle-square-circle and ask your child what comes next.

Step #3

Once your child is ready, have them create their own patterns by gluing the shape stickers on the popsicle sticks.

Step #4

When they have finished creating their patterns, add a pom pom to the end of the caterpillar to make the head and glue googley eyes on to the pom pom for the eyes.