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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Short and Long Lesson Plan

Paper Caterpillars

Objective: To learn about size in terms of long, short, longer, shorter, longest, and shortest

Book(s): Finding Shortest and Longest by Amy Rauen

Fine Motor Skills:

  • CCBS 104-111
  • Short, Shorter, Shortest Worksheet (
  • Long, Longer, Longest Worksheet (

Prewriting Skills: TTPWS 2-5

Craft/Activity: Paper Caterpillars


  • Four colors of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers


  1. Cut one color of the construction paper into three circles, the second into five, and the third into seven. Cut six antennae and fifteen legs from the fourth color.
  2. Glue the circles together in a row to create three caterpillars.
  3. Glue a glue on the bottom of each circle.
  4. Glue two antennae on top of the front circle of each caterpillar.
  5. Draw faces on the front circle with the markers.
  6. Use the paper caterpillars to discuss length. For example, arrange the penguins from short to shortest and then long to longest.


Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills (Grade P). 2011. American Education Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60996-328-6
Tracing Trails Pre-Writing Skills. 2014. School Zone Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1601591173

Image Credits

Paper Caterpillars © 2014 Heather Johnson

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