Learn English with Your Kids! – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Two of the most highly requested areas in English language learning are English for preschoolers (ages 3 – 5) and Business English. Although these areas can seem like polar opposites, they don’t have to be! It often occurs that adults spending all of their time concentrating on Business English miss out on the foundational words and phrases that play an integral part in speaking the language – words which appear frequently in the English directed towards very young learners.

So, in order to help you improve your foundations of English, here are some activities you can do with your children to not only help you to improve your English basics, but also help you to begin introducing English to your young learner.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Full Text:

“In the light of the moon

a little egg lay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning
the warm sun came up and -pop!
out of the egg came a tiny
and very hungry caterpillar.

He started to look for some food.

On Monday
he ate through one apple.
But he was still hungry.

On Tuesday
he ate through two pears,
but he was still hungry.

On Wednesday
he ate through three plums,
but he was still hungry.

On Thursday
he ate through four strawberries,
but he was still hungry.

On Friday
he ate through five oranges,
but he was still hungry.

‘On Saturday
he ate through one piece of
chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone,
one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese,
one slice of salami,
one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie,
one sausage, one cupcake,
and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomach ache.

The next day was Sunday again

The caterpillar ate through
one nice green leaf,
and after that he felt much better.

Now he wasn’t hungry any more — and he

wasn’t a little caterpillar any more.
He was a big, fat caterpillar.

He built a small house, called a cocoon,
around himself. He stayed inside for
more than two weeks.

Then he
nibbled a hole in the cocoon,
pushed his way out and……

He was a beautiful butterfly!”

You can find the book here. 

Read the book or listen to the video, then complete the quizzes with your preschooler!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank with the Past Simple form of the verb in brackets.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Match I

Match the fruit with its color.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Put in the Right Order

Put the days of the week in the correct order.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Definition Match

Match the words with their definition.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Match II

Match each word with its opposite.


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