Retell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with May's Book Box

Retell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with May's Book Box

By now, you may be catching on.

Every month, Lu and I from The Mama Workshop will be presenting you with two creative ways to retell a favorite book with your preschooler. Look for this on the first Sunday of every month. 

So far we have created book boxes for:

Right now, my preschooler is REALLY into games.

I thought this game board would be the perfect addition for our book box featuring, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". 

Keep in mind, cardboard folds! You can fold up your game board to fit everything into one box. 

What IS a Book Box? 

A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story. It has supplies that can act as props for story retells.

preschool reading

What is IN a Book Box?

  • Familiar book
  • Props to retell the story

WHY Use a Book Box? 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:

  • With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Master now?

No, thank you.

Expose now?

Yes, please!

Build up your preschoolers confidence for when they have to meet these rigorous standards. 

This is a fun, interactive way to begin practicing this skill with your preschooler. 

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Before the Story Retell:

Read the story to your preschooler more than once. Allow them become familiar with the characters, plot, and storyline. 

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a perfect choice for a story retell.


It is a fun, colorful story that preschoolers love.

The storyline is simple, and engaging. 

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has many different food items. - This is where you can either keep it simple with circles, or more complex with different crafts for each food item. 

Here, we included a beginning, middle and end section for our caterpillar to move around the game board. 

The Hungry Caterpillar

This game board also includes an important number count up concept. Read more about that part of the game here. 

Next fill your Book Box to retell "The Hungry Caterpillar":

  • "The Hungry Caterpillar "
  • Game board - From recycled cardboard
  • Circle punches 
  • Leaf
  • Cocoon
  • Butterfly 

Ready to use your Book Box?

Begin to use caterpillar (painted egg crate), food cut outs, and props as you reread the story. 


  • AS YOU READ, USE YOUR PROPS TO SHOW how the caterpillar moves from the beginning, middle and end of the story. 
  • Allow your preschooler to take out the props as you read or retell the story. 

BEGINNING of the story:

Add pieces of "food" using the colored cut outs. 

preschool book boxes

MIDDLE of the story:

Move your caterpillar to the Do a Dot marks that indicate the other food items. Point to each food item as it is eaten by the caterpillar. 

preschool book box

END of the story:

Allow your preschooler to move the caterpillar to the final 3 phases. 

Preschool Book Box

Important Tip! 

Keep your items in the book box so your preschooler can reach and use it to retell when they desire to. 

Stay tuned for more Book Boxes in the first week of June as I work with Lu again on another Book Box craft!  

Here is what Lu from The Mama Workshop created.

preschool books


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