No-Sew Felt – Days of the Week & Butterfly Metamorphosis (The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle)
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For a couple of months, my daughter has had the concept that each day has a name.
Lately, she has been reading, over and over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Again, I followed her lead. I love this about homeschooling! Just go with the flow.
I have searched high and low on the internet for an activity that my child would enjoy concerning the Days of the Week.
I didn’t find anything I liked. So, quite by accident yesterday, we were flipping through a picture book. There it was, my inspiration!
I proceeded to make this last night for her and another “book” for her friend that was here. Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of sleep.
The pictures were downloaded from the internet. They do not have the best image quality but it works for a 3 year old. I laminated them using clear contact Duck Brand paper and cut out. I used CARPET TAPE to adhere the laminated pictures to the felt. I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue Felt to Felt. I left pockets in strategic locations as depicted by the pictures. Then, with some scissors, time and a headache – I proceeded to making what you now see. FYI: Adding the RED Poster Board flip-tabs added a great bonus to the finished product – STURDINESS! And, putting the SUNDAY on the outside of the abbreviated days on the backside added a reinforcement protective factor to those small glued on pieces.
There are a ton of concepts that this felt picture book teaches:
Days of the week
3 Letter Week day abbreviation
1 Letter Weekday abbreviation
Over (On) and Under
Inside and Outside
Left and Right
Open and Close
Week = 7 days
Butterfly Life Cycle
Night and Day
Light & Dark
Butterflies eat Nectar from Flowers
“Flipping” Sequence (you’ll get this when you look at the pictures)
Teaches the days of the week can begin with EITHER Sunday or Monday.
And, probably other concepts that I am too tired to think of right now!
When you get to the backside, “On Sunday he ate through a leaf then made a cocoon and it took two weeks to become a butterfly.”
I stop here and flip the tabs, “It took two weeks. Mon, tue, wed….. Sun. That was one Week.
Now the second week. Mon, tues, wed… Sun. Finally! Two weeks. That was 14 days, a long time”
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Posted on April 20, 2012, in Craft Felt Ideas, Metamorphosis & Life Cycles, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, Years and tagged counting, days of the week, eric carle, homeschool, life cycle, metamorphosis, opposites, picture book, preschool, quiet book, sequencing, the very hungry caterpillar. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.