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This activity is one of a set of trial Early Years Foundation Stage resources. For further information and links to others in the set, please see the introductory page.
Play dough/plasticine/modelling clay/salt dough
Equipment for measuring caterpillars - e.g. interlocking cubes, counters, balance scales ...
Let's make caterpillars!
Questions to ask
How long is your caterpillar?
Can you make a longer/shorter one?
Who has made the longest/shortest one?
How heavy is your caterpillar?
Can you make a heavier/lighter one?
Who has made the heaviest/lightest one?
Use of vocabulary associated with length e.g. longer, shorter, longer/shorter than ...
Understanding of how to compare lengths with other caterpillars and cubes
Use of vocabulary associated with weight e.g. heavy/light, heavier/lighter ...
A caterpillar story e.g. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
Build a 'house' for a caterpillar
Find some pictures of real caterpillars
You could measure other objects such as beads on a piece of string, rows of interlocking cubes etc.
Children could stand back to back so that others could see who is the tallest.
For a very similar activity which focuses on timing rather than measuring, see Snake Timing