The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Printable


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle has been a favorite read aloud between all my littles.  I would imagine it's a popular book in your home and/or classroom, too. The simple storyline makes it a great story to use to develop and strengthen literacy and language skills in young children. Keep reading to find out how we used our free hungry caterpillar printable to create a fun and creative way to re-tell the story with this The Very Hungry Caterpillar sequencing stick!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar sequencing

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing

Grab a copy of  The Very Hungry Caterpillar and enjoy the book in a whole new way with our The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Activity.  The sequencing activity will:
  • make the story come alive
  • encourage language skills
  • teach order of events (first, next, last)
  • enhance print awareness skills
  • increase vocabulary
  • .... did I mention, make reading more fun?
And if by chance you are not familiar with this story, get a hold of it now!  It is a short, charming story following the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, who loves to eat!  I think on some level, we may all be able to relate!

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Sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Re-tell the story with our  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Stick.

To prep the activity, you'll need:
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Begin prepping your caterpillar story stick by painting a paint stir stick green. 

Print and laminate the hungry caterpillar printable available at the end of this post.

Cut out each circle and the caterpillar head.

While the caterpillar story stick is drying, glue each laminated circle to a clothespin.

Once the paint has dried fully, glue the caterpillar head onto the story stick.

Now it looks like a very thin {and long} caterpillar!

hungry caterpillar printable

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Activity 

Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your child.  

  • Engage your child in what is happening in the story by having him/her say what the caterpillar ate each day as you turn the pages.  
  • Ask him/her what might come next?  
  • After reading, ask your child if the caterpillar ate one of their favorite and/or least favorite foods.
  • Has your child ever had a tummy ache because they ate too much/ the wrong kinds of food?
Once you have read through the book once.... or several times, have fun sequencing the story with the prepped story re-telling stick! 

Show your child the caterpillar stick and the laminated circles.  What is on each circle?  With the addition of clothespins, your child will also strengthen their fine motor skills as they pinch to open and close each one to attach the circle to the sequencing stick.

Next, sequence the story by clipping the circles onto the caterpillar body. 

What happened first?  Next?  Last?  If the child needs help, refer back to the story to jog their memory.  This sequencing activity is great for the preschool and Kindergarten crowd.  Once all the circles have been added to the sequencing stick, have your child re-tell the story in their own words. 

Alternatively, if you have younger children, you could also clip the story circles on as you read.

hungry caterpillar printable

Enjoy this fun, hands-on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Activity!  And if you have another paint stick lying around, you might like this Race to 20 Math Game!

>> Download the Hungry Caterpillar Printable <<

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very hungry caterpillar sequencing printable activity




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  1. Hi,
    I love this activity and I need this story sequence printable but I couldn't dowload it. Please send it to me. I need it so much.

  2. This was an amazing activity!! I linked it on my blog post about making it with my grandson!


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