Feed a Caterpillar
Develop ambidextrous fine motor skills, recognizing notions of alignment when feeding a caterpillar to make it grow.
Pick a caterpillar brick from the bowl.
Feed the caterpillar by attaching another brick from the bowl, to make it grow!
Keep the caterpillar growing by adding more bricks.
How to prepare
10 random bricks
Place the 10 bricks in the bowl.
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?”.
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!
Children will develop these holistic 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
- 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.
Pre-braille activity groups
Discover and get used to the bricks, learn how to handle, assemble and put them on the base plate.
Learn how to position the bricks on the base plate and be aware that their orientation is important.
Discover the braille cell and how studs are arranged in two columns. Learn how to differentiate the studs.