This lesson is a classic and when I say classic, I mean I did this activity when I was in preschool. Check out our Instagram to see my copy from when I was in preschool. That’s right, I totally kept it.
This is another opportunity to interact with a text while you are reading it.
It gives more meaning and allows your Lil’s comprehension of the text to deepen.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Point to and comment on the pictures independently
  • Interact with and recall details from a text that was read aloud

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


  • Make conclusions and observations about the text based on the pictures
  • Recall details from a text that was read aloud

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 Sock Story Template

*The Very Hungry Caterpillar

*Construction Paper

*Sock (Preferably green)


Step #1
Print and cut out The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sock Puppet Story Template.

We printed ours on construction paper.

  • Apple on red
  • Pears on light green
  • Plums on dark blue or purple
  • Strawberries on red
  • Oranges on orange
  • Sweets on white
  • Leaf on dark green
Step #2
Place a sock on your Lil’s hand to serve as the caterpillar.
Step #3
Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and as you read, “he ate through…” have your sock caterpillar eat through the corresponding paper item.

Teacher Tip

If your Lil’ is lacking some self-control, you can wear the caterpillar and eat through the paper foods. Doing it themselves gives them some buy-in to the story and encourages them to listen more intently so they can eat the right foods at the right time. It is okay if they need to watch you model a few times first. I promise, they will want to do this activity more than once and they can try after you model it if need be.

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