The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bean Bag Toss Game
Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a classic in the classroom and a dream unit for SLP’s because the story can be used to target numbers, colors, food items, days of the week, bugs, and many more. I saw this bean bag toss game on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to incorporate movement and fun into my summer sessions. The game is based on the summer time favorite of cornhole, where you throw bean bags into a large wooden board with holes cut out. If you want to learn how to play cornhole click here.
Large wooden board with a stand in back so it stays up (Note: you can make the caterpillar out of any material you want- cardboard, paper, foam… we went with a board we already had)
Saw to cut out the circles
Paint to paint on the caterpillar (which is luckily fairly easy to draw because I am no artist)
Bean bags OR felt and bean like material to put inside the bags
Sewing machine to sew the different fruits if you have the ability to sew (the teacher did a fantastic job of making these fruits and I am certain mine would have looked very sad in comparison)
You can directions on how to build an “official” cornhole set here, but really all you need to do is prop up the wooden board so the kids are able to throw the bean bags through the holes.
Implement the Game into your Therapy Sessions!
The classroom teacher and I let the students paint some of the caterpillar. I asked the students to label the colors and make choices to select which color they wanted to paint with. Most of our students required hand over hand to paint and close supervision.
Next we got up and moving! The students took turns selecting or naming a fruit or color and then were able to throw the bean bags into the holes of the caterpillar. You can incorporate whatever target you want before each student has a turn.
I love to collaborate and integrate my colleagues during my sessions. Movement can be a great motivator, so I love teaming up with the OT’s and PT’s. You could also work with an Adapted Physical Education instructor to play the game in a different location like the school gym.
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