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Feed a Caterpillar

10 min1 participant

Develop ambidextrous fine motor skills, recognizing notions of alignment when feeding a caterpillar to make it grow.

Let's play!

  1. Pick a caterpillar brick from the bowl.

  2. Feed the caterpillar by attaching another brick from the bowl, to make it grow!

  3. Keep the caterpillar growing by adding more bricks.

How to prepare

  • 10 random bricks

  • 1 bowl 

Place the 10 bricks in the bowl.

Facilitation tips

  • Demonstrate the connection of 2 bricks: the studs of one brick have to fit into the hollow part of another brick.

  • Take 2 bricks, align them with fingers of both hands, fit them together, press.

  • Provide an example of a caterpillar, if necessary.

  • Allow the child to feel your fingers while you are building a caterpillar.

  • Ask the child “How long do you think your caterpillar can be?”.

Possible variations

  • Change the number of bricks.

  • Peer play: taking turns, each child adds a brick to the caterpillar; each child makes their own animal.

  • Together, they start making funny animals!

Download & print

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Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Recognize and use notions of alignment, right angle, equality of lengths, middle, symmetry
  • Recognize spatial relationships: on, off, in, out, front, back, left, right, up, down, above, below, top, bottom, in front, behind, on top, underneath, next to, beside, through, middle, center, between, here, there, under, over, upside down, right-side up, first, last, together, apart, forward, backward, sideways, straight

physical skills

  • Develop motor skills and build body language: Adapt motor skills to various situations
  • Develop motor skills and build body language: Acquire specific techniques to improve efficiency
  • Develop bilateral hand use

Did you know?

  • This activity helps to develop self-regulation: learning how to evaluate and use necessary force to squeeze bricks together while keeping flexibility to align them. 

  • Learning through play happens when the activity is experienced as joyful, helps children find meaning in what they are doing or learning, involves active, engaged, minds-on thinking, as well as iterative thinking (experimentation, hypothesis testing, etc.), and social interaction.

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