I am sure many, if not all of you have seen word caterpillars all over blog land and/or Pinterest. For the longest time I’ve been looking forward to making one with Greyson, but since he is only able to recognize three words, I think it is a bit premature. So I decided to make him a counting caterpillar – and it is just as awesome as
I he hoped. 😉
The concept is extremely simple. Once Greyson is able to count to said number, write the number, and recognize the number he gets to add the number to his caterpillar. This morning we put his caterpillar on the wall in his room using poster putty to adhere it.
I used my shilhouette portrait to print and cut out the caterpillar and all of the numbers. It was awesome. The circles are exact, and my hand did not cramp up once! 🙂
He has numbers 1-10 down, so I “grouped” those so the caterpillar does not get too big. (However, in the printable you’ll have the option of printing the grouping OR individual numbers 1-10). Greyson is able to count from 1 to 29, but since he does not recognize the numbers above 18 at 100% accuracy we stopped the caterpillar at 18. He is able to recognize 20, but I do not want to skip 19.
The caterpillar is also excellent practice. As he is getting dressed in the morning I can ask him to count his caterpillar, or point to a number for a quick quiz if he starts struggling with a specific number for whatever reason.
I am not going to lie, he is pretty excited about the new addition to his room. And so am I.
You can download the full packet (Caterpillar face and numbers 1-30) here: Counting Caterpillar Printable for free.
However, I have decided to give a second option for this printable. I am offering to print, and cut out the caterpillar and all of the numbers 1-30 for $10.00 including shipping anywhere in the United States. If you are interested in this option just click the Buy Now button below to pay through paypal.
I do ask that once you place your order to please email me at [email protected] with your confirmation number and mailing address.
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
What a fun way to recognize numbers – or just decorate a playroom! 🙂
Lynda Nicol says
Hi, Thanks for a fantastic free printout!
I had planned on using it in my granddaughters’ room, but unfortunately, I can only print out the first page. The other pages either print out blank or only the first 2 numbers on the page and the third is just a solid coloured circle.
I have tried to print from 2 different computers and get the same result from both. Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong ?
Lindsay Butler says
hmmmmmm. I would recommend saving the file(s) to your computer and then print them.