The Hungry Caterpillar Board Games and craft. 5 game variations for different levels and skills. 3 different game procedures. Practise food and story language.

The Hungry Caterpillar board games & craft

Your ESL kids will have so much fun and English practice with these Hungry Caterpillar board games!

♦ A super interactive way to practise food vocabulary AND useful language from the story.

♦ Give your young learners even more English speaking practice with the create your own game versions. They'll play at home with their families too!

♦ Choose from 5 variations to easily differentiate for different levels - includes literacy practice option too!

♦ Useful activity suggestions make lesson planning easy, and give you lots of ideas for different ways to play.

Ready for some Hungry Caterpillar board games fun? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

Or get them in the Hungry Caterpillar Activities Bundle. Incredible value!

What will my ESL young learners learn?

Apart from the items you see on the board games, there’s so much more language your learners can use. The provided activity suggestions give you lots of ideas for different ways to play the game that cater to different ages and levels. Lots of speaking and listening skills practice!

Principal vocabulary

  • Food: apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, chocolate cake, icecream, pickle, cheese, salami, lollipop, apple pie, sausage, cupcake, watermelon, leaf
  • Key story vocab: the (sick) caterpillar, a butterfly

Additional vocabulary, phrases and structures

Days of the week:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Expressing likes/dislikes:

e.g. Do you like (apples)? Yes, I do. No, I don’t. I like…, I don’t like…

Present simple 3rd person (adapted story):

e.g. On (Monday) it eats one apple.

Expressing desires

e.g. I want to eat (an apple). I’d like to eat (two pears).

Classroom language

It’s my turn. It’s your turn. Whose turn is it? Where’s the dice? Roll the dice. I got a (5). Move forward. Go back.

Where’s the…? It’s here. It’s there. Is it…? Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. What is it? It’s a.. It’s…

Can you find the…? I can see a… Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, crayons, pens, pencils, glue, scissors. I’m finished.

What do teachers say about the resources?

Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because they come with different templates AND different suggestions with how to use the resource. No time wasted on adapting different worksheets!

You can easily create a whole lesson around this resource, especially if you get your young learners to make their own boards (in an interactive way of course!) I’d suggest adding in a storytelling, and a game or song to revise the vocabulary and language. 

You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to create this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

Once you’ve had a chance to use your materials, don’t forget to come back to leave a review. As a thank you, you’ll receive a 20% discount on any other resource : )

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