Caitlin the Caterpillar activities

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By Carol Sayah

Caitlin the Caterpillar is a story that looks at themes such as minibeasts, life cycles and friendship. The following activities focus on physical development, movement and dance!


The insect ball

Read the story once through and talk about the ways in which the different minibeasts move.

Standing in a circle, call out a minibeast and invite the children to perform the corresponding dance.

Encourage them to waltz gently on their tiptoes without a sound like the ladybirds, to bend their knees as they wiggle their bottoms like the bees, to stretch up high as they leap like grasshoppers and to whirl round with their arms outstretched just like the dragonflies. Explain that Caitlin is very special because she has two dances – she sways to the left and right as a caterpillar and then glides gracefully as a butterfly.

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