This is one of my favorite crafts we've ever done. It was so educational and fun for my daughter! Not to mention all of the fine motor strengthening parts of it. We did it when she was about 18 months old. Here's what the finished product should look like.
What you'll need:
- A piece of white card stock paper
- Orange construction paper
- Green construction paper
- Sharpie marker
- Glue (Elmer's makes great glue pens, you could also use regular glue bottles or sticks)
First take your orange sheet of construction paper and draw a circle on it for the caterpillars head and write the first letter of your child's first name in it. Next, use the green construction paper and repeat for the rest of the letters of your child's name, with a bit smaller circles.
Next, help your child cut out the circles or let them cut them out themselves depending on where they are at with their scissor skills. At 1.5 here I was doing a lot of the cutting with my daughter, and now at 2.5 she barely needs my help at all.
After all the circles are cut out instruct your child to put glue on the backs of them all. This is great for their fine motor skill development, as was the cutting.
Last, give your child the white sheet of paper and show them how to put the circles down on the paper. Help them to put them all in the right order. During this time discuss all the letters and how they are the letters that make up their name. Sound them out individually, together, and say the name a few times. Ask them to repeat after you. Very educational!