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This week, our book of the week is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Read Aloud Picture Book

We can play a game of 'I spy', using the foods in the story to listen for initial sounds in words.

In school, we will use a collection of real foods or photographs.

At home, you could use a selection of food from your kitchen - just make sure that the name of each food begins with a different sound.

To play 'I spy'

  • gather a collection of 4 or 5 different foods (eg. apple, orange, cake, strawberry, banana)
  • place the foods on a clear flat surface in front of your child
  • say the words, "I spy with my little eye something beginning with..." and make the initial sound of one of the foods eg. "sssssss..." (for strawberry) or "b-b-b-b-b-b..." (for banana)

If your child struggles/ needs help: slowly begin to say the name of the food. As your child hears more of the name (eg. "ss-t-r"...- for strawberry) it should make it easier for them to identify the food. 

Challenge- ask your child to give you the clue and they say, "I spy.........".

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Song

After listening to the song above, talk to your child about the real photographs of the caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly.


Later, or on a different day, play the song again and ask your child to listen carefully for the rhyming words in the song.