Friday, July 17, 2009
Written by Eric Carl, this is a cute book about one very hungry caterpillar. This is one of the few books we borrowed at our local library that helps kids work on a specific fine motor skill - POKING.
The story progresses with the caterpillar eating through all kinds of food, leaving holes which are the perfect size for toddlers to poke their little fingers through. I used this to encourage poking and pointing with the index finger instead of the thumb. Matthew had a tendency of pointing or poking with his thumb, which is apparently common among kids with Down syndrome. Of course, there are other ways to teach poking with the index finger and eventually isolating it. But since Matthew generally likes books, why not hit two birds with one stone?