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Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Engaging Storybook-based Preschool Learning Activity Ideas

Discover engaging and heartwarming preschool learning activities inspired by "Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Perfect for Valentine's Day, this post offers a treasure trove of creative ideas to explore themes of love and affection with your little learners, enhancing their cognitive and social-emotional development through hands-on experiences.

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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, and there’s no sweeter way to introduce this to our little ones than through a heartwarming story that beautifully conveys affection. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day printable coloring pages, let me take it one step further for you! I’ve thought up of hands-on, play-based Valentine’s Day activities based off “Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This book, with its enchanting narrative and the endearing caterpillar at its heart, perfectly illustrates the number of ways love can show itself.

As a mom to three wonderful boys, I’ve seen firsthand how stories like this can not only highlight the joy of the season but also impart important emotional lessons in an accessible and engaging way. Inspired by this book and “Little Blue Truck’s Valentine,” my boys crafted the most adorable homemade cards for Valentine’s Day, filling our home with an extra dose of love. But, it’s my hope, whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or just want to celebrate love, that this story and our Valentine’s Day printables brings as much warmth and joy to your family as it has to mine.

Scroll all the way down for the free preschool Valentine’s Day printables that goes along with this post!

Book-based Learning Quick Start Guide

  1. Read by watching the read aloud video of the book for the week.
  2. Learn by building connections between concepts from the story and your child’s world through active reading.
  3. Play one of preschool learning activities based off the themes from the book to engage in discussions, increase comprehension, and learn new preschool skills.

If you are new to TigerKubz’s Storybook-based Activity Guide, read the introduction post for more details.

Listen to LOVE From The Very Hungry Caterpillar Read Aloud Book

Have you read ‘LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘ with your little ones yet? It’s another sweet little book by Eric Carle (author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and illustrator of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?) where the famous caterpillar shows us all about love. It’s like he’s on this tiny adventure, discovering love on every page – with animals, in nature, just everywhere.

The illustrations are classic Carle-style and absolutely pop off the page. It’s a quick read, perfect for a little bedtime story or a cozy afternoon. It totally warms your heart, and, honestly, it’s a nice way to chat about love and kindness with the kiddos in a really simple, beautiful way. Check out the book below or purchase it on Amazon here!

Watch and listen to the read aloud for LOVE From The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Preschool Learning Activities Inspired by LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar

LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar preschool math activity - heart counting. Numbers written on hearts and place pom poms on them to practice counting.

Preschool Heart Counting Printable

Math

Targeted Preschool Skill: Number recognition and counting

In the book, the Very Hungry Caterpillar shows love in many ways. Counting hearts can be a fun way to explore numbers while thinking about all the people we love.

Materials

  • Red and pink construction paper
  • scissors
  • marker
  • For convenience, a heart printable is included in our free LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar Preschool Learning Activities pack.
  • Cut out hearts of different sizes or print out the math learning page in our learning activities pack.
  • Write numbers 1-10 on them.
  • Have your child place the correct number of small objects (e.g., buttons or pom-poms) on each heart.

“Sweet” & “Apple” Word Find and Letter Tracing Printable

Literacy

Targeted Preschool Skill: Word recognition, vocabulary building, and fine motor skills.

This activity, inspired by “Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” encourages children to identify and trace words, fostering an early love for reading and writing. It’s a fun way for little learners to practice letter formation and recognize simple, sweet words that resonate with the theme of the book.

Materials

  • Have your child color the words “sweet” and “apple.”
  • Guide them to trace the dotted lines of the same words below the coloring section to practice letter formation.
  • Challenge them to find and circle the word “apple” and “sweet” in the word grid to sharpen their word recognition skills.
Preschool literacy activity sheet for 'Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar' with a focus on word recognition and tracing for early reading skills, featuring word finds and coloring sections.
Help preschoolers understand colors and color mixing with this science activity based on the book LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Color Mixing Hearts

Science

Targeted Preschool Skill: Understanding colors and color mixing.

LOVE From The Very Hungry Caterpillar book is filled with vibrant colors that capture the essence of love. Explore this science activity on Valentine’s Day for children to explore and create new colors, discovering the magic of mixing them to make pink.

Materials

  • Ziploc bags
  • Red and white paint
  • Fill a Ziploc bag with a dollop of red and white paint.
  • Seal and tape the edges.
  • Let your child mix the paint by pressing and squishing the bag.

Family Love Tree

Social Studies

Targeted Preschool Skill: Understanding family connections and relationships.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s journey is all about connections and showing love, much like the connections within our own families. This activity helps map out and visualize the love shared within a family.

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • family photos
  • glue
  • markers
  • Help your child create a tree from construction paper.
  • Cut out hearts and glue family photos on them.
  • Attach them to the tree as leaves.

Activity inspired by LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar emphasizes physical expressions of love. Exercise with your child and observe each other's heartbeat.

Heartbeat Exercises

Physical

Targeted Preschool Skill: Gross motor skills and understanding the body’s response to exercise.

Use Valentine’s Day to emphasize the physical expressions of love, such as hugs. This physical exercise activity connects to how our bodies respond when we express or feel love, by observing our heartbeat.

  • Perform a series of physical exercises with your child.
  • Then, place your hands on your hearts to feel the heartbeat slow down as you rest.
  • Discuss their observations after each physical activity.

Love-Themed Puzzles

Brain Boosters

Solving puzzles together can be a bonding activity, just like the caterpillar’s adventures and the various forms of love it encounters in LOVE From The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This promotes problem-solving and critical thinking in a loving context.

Materials

  • Print out simple puzzles that feature Valentine’s Day scenes and characters from the book and color.
  • Cut along the dotted line to make puzzle pieces.
  • Let your child solve them and practice numbers by sorting the pieces from 1-5 for beginners and numbers 1-10.
Loved themed printable puzzle based on the book LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Discussion Questions for LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Posing questions during storytime is a key to children’s intellectual development. It boosts critical thinking, verbal abilities, and comprehension, while also expanding their knowledge. Observing your child’s responses provides insights into their understanding and uncovers areas for growth.

This technique turns reading into an engaging and instructive experience, promoting problem-solving and allowing a peek into their thought processes. More importantly, it’s also a special opportunity to connect and be a part of their educational journey. Utilize these questions to ignite meaningful conversations after each reading session.

  • Close-Ended: “Can you find the red heart?” “How many hearts are there?”
  • Open-Ended: “How do you show someone you love them?” “What does love feel like?”
  • Connecting to the Child’s World: “Who are the people you love? Let’s make a special card for them!”

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