Ideas to explore
quantity, position and language.
Request, collect, clean and recycle plastic milk bottle lids & then
turn them into fun counting characters!
1 through 10 .. on to 20 and more, enjoy ordering and building lines of
rattly bodies ..
Purchase the download document containing a sheet of caterpillar head images,
request slips and activity cards separately
or as part of the caterpillar
counter storage bag - while stocks last
needed to make a caterpillar
10 - 20 plastic milk bottle lids
Threading material - cord, twine, string, laces
Sticker paper to print the head images to or double
sided sticky foam pads
mark-making tools for designing facial
hole punch tool available on amazon
Set up inviting environments
What are you building with your bottle tops? ... this activity page focusses
on caterpillars, other ideas are clackety legs, musical dance
sticks or wands - thread a length of tops then tie to a
the end of short piece of
dowel/pole, sunflower plant stalks, grass snakes, enclosure fences,
roller barrels for transportation, pattern making
with other coloured discs.
Create mini-play areas that reflect a focus - use colour and books to
present your idea of the activity and encourage the
children to lead in how they see and want it to develop ..
Fill a play tray - inside on a wall unit or outside on the ground with - sand, soil, water,
foam, beads, pasta and add holed bottle
tops and threads for construction.
Introduce counting activities, dishes to collect quantities and demonstrate
the fine motor skill art of threading - exlplore the
hand eye coordination and concentration it requires to
position, push, inserting
the cord into the hole and pulling through in order 'to thread.
Display activity trays ..
Wall unit tray Large floor tray Individual
tabletop trays Individual bowls
wood, plastic or wicker?
More caterpillar counting resources:
A humourous look at life as a moth - 5 Little
Caterpillars rhyme (c) John Hampson excellent
for parent workshops that examine the fun of children's
count - printable game sheet -
Black line image to advertise caterpillar and daisy chain picture
ICT and a colour fill caterpillar from mapetitesouris.com
Caterpillar - Butterfly lifecycle craft eBook
To extend ..
add play resources that build on your bottle top threading, activity sheets to record,
and paste as the children explore outdoors and the many creatures living
Caterpillar finger puppet - butterfly - lifecycle pieces - caterpillar
play tunnel - 10 caterpillars