The concept of time is very abstract and not the most age appropriate skill for our Lil’s. In other words, they likely don’t understand what it really means when you say, “We are going out on Friday.” Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expose them to calendar skills since the more we include it in our everyday conversation, the more familiar they will be with the “material” when they are developmentally ready to fully understand it.
For more information on this and for a FREE calendar template, check out our Creating a Calendar post.
For today, we are taking the opportunity to make a connection between literature and calendar skills as we fill out a weekly calendar about what the hungry caterpillar ate.
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Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10
  • Understand values of numbers 0-10


  • Begin to understand the schedule of days in a week

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
  • Understand values of numbers 0-20


  • Begin to understand the schedule of weeks and months

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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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Calendar Template



Step #1
Print and cut out The Very Hungry Caterpillar template.
Step #2
Trace over the numbers.
Step #3
Glue the food pieces in the corresponding parts of the calendar.
Step #4
Count each piece of fruit.

Teacher Tip

You can complete this activity as you read the book a second time. When you reach the page that says, “On Monday, he ate 1 apple,” glue the apple to the Monday box. Continue this process as you read the remainder of the book.

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