Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar


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With April here and my oldest just turning 5, we have been on the hunt for fun ways to prepare for Kindergarten. We have all of the basics down but you can never spend too much time reminding young children about the things they already know or other ways to use their knowledge. Board games are fun and with the right games, perfect for working on skills for Kindergarten.

Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

Eric Carle is a classic and he is definitely one of our favorite authors. We have used The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a number of activities as well as Eric Carle’s other books but I must admit that when we came across Feeding the Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as Eric Carle’s ABC Game, they instantly became our favorite games to play.

Let’s Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The objective of Feeding the Very Hungry Caterpillar is that each player draws a card and moves around the board to different fruit. Each fruit gives you a puzzle piece that ultimately makes a butterfly. Whoever collects all of the pieces to complete the butterfly wins.

Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar

I really like this game because it not only gives an objective which is to make a butterfly but it also works on turn-taking AND manipulating puzzle pieces to put them in the right order to complete the butterfly. I also like that this game is great for preparing for kindergarten because it teaches children that they must stick with a task to get to an end result.

Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar was hard for my 2.5-year-old to stick with because it is time consuming but there really isn’t any way to modify the game to make it easier for her. The game is pretty basic as is so my 4 and 5 year old did great with this game. They really enjoyed the simplicity but still having a task to complete.

Eric Carle ABC Game Tin


Another great Eric Carle based game is the ABC Game. I found this game a while back at Walmart. I had no idea what the intent was at the time but for the price, I snatched it up and I am so glad I did. We LOVE Eric Carle books, what could go wrong right? haha.

Eric Carle’s ABC Game works on the alphabet and comes in its own little tin and is for 2-4 players. The suggested age is 3+ but my 2.5-year-old had no issues with this game. In fact, my 4 and 5-year-old often play this game alone without me having to keep them focused/on task.

Eric Carle ABC Game Directions

The ABC Game tin comes with a spinner, 52 cards (26 uppercase letters and 26 lower case letters, a playing board, and 4 game pieces. The spinner has an outer section that has 4 numbers or the inner section that has BIG or little.

When you spin the spinner, you then have to decide if you want to move the number of spots you were given OR to the next BIG/little letter depending on which word you landed on.

After you have landed on a letter you then pick the image card that matches that letter (big or little matters too). Whoever has the most images at the end of the game wins!

Eric Carle ABC Game Directions

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This game is great for turn taking as well as letter recognition and counting. Learning upper and lower case letters is extremely important when it comes to Kindergarten and it is a stepping stone into the world of reading. I also love how easy it is to take this game on the go and that it’s both easy and fun, so it keeps my kids busy! Mama has to clean sometimes or enjoy her coffee when it’s still hot, you know?

What fun games are you playing to prepare for Kindergarten?

Keep an eye out for my next post of fun ways we are preparing for Kindergarten!

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