Cut Out Caterpillar

This is a task based activity which practices the days of the week. It involves the students making a picture of a caterpillar by colouring, cutting and gluing the pieces.

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Originally submitted by Jay Duxfield on Nov 25, 2011.


  • CutOutCaterpillar attachments: You might want to assemble a catepillar before class to show as a demonstration. Also, I printed out the leaf image onto green paper.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or coloured pencils
  • Days of the week flashcards: Optional (not included)


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is the ideal set-up for this activity but if you don't have a copy don't worry, simply teach the days of the week using flashcards.
  • Show the students the completed caterpillar picture and tell them that this is what you are going to make today.
  • Demonstrate how to make the caterpillar. First, colour the sections of the caterpillar. Second, cut out the leaf and the sections of the caterpillar. Third, glue the leaf onto a piece of colored card, then the sections of the caterpillar onto the leaf. You may need to zig-zag a bit to get the caterpillar to fit (Doing some of the cutting and colouring before class can help to speed up the demo).
  • Let the kids try. Keep the finished example and the days of the week flashcards on the board for the kids to refer to.
  • When all the students have finished, practice saying the days of the week together.


  • Holding the kids attention for the entire demonstration can be difficult but it's a good chance to practice the target vocabulary. Use lots of repetition and include the students by discussing what you are doing. For example while you cut Monday you can ask the students "Is today Monday?" "How do you say Monday in Japanese?" etc.
  • The demonstration can also be used to introduce words like colour, cut, scissors and glue. While you cut, you can chant "Cut, cut, cut the paper". While you colour you can ask the students "What colour is this?" or "What colour shall we use next?"
  • Talk to individuals while they are making their caterpilar. Especially those that you feel may be struggling. It's an opportunity for one to one practice as the other students are occupied.
  • If they have some basic understanding of phonics encourage them to guess which word is which. For example you can chant M, M, M, Monday or F, F, F Friday. Otherwise they can look at the flashcards or the completed example to get the days of the week in the right order.



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Estimated time: 35-50 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

July 18, 2019


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