As we learnt yesterday, caterpillar eggs come in various shapes sizes, some are tubular in shape, some round and others oval, so in this project we make a caterpillar egg and the turn it into a caterpillar... Just for FUN! Here's how we made ours...

**STEP ONE**

Draw a rectangle. Make it 3cm by 14cm.

To ensure the angles of your rectangle is right use a protractor. All the angles are meant to be 90 degrees.

*Maths fact: All the angles on a quadrilateral adds up to 360 degrees*

**STEP TWO**

**Using a compass set it to 1.5cm like this...**

Then draw a semi circle at both ends of your rectangle.

**STEP THREE**

Now measure two centimeters in from one end of the rectangle we made in

**STEP ONE**and then draw a line to make a small rectangle within it like this...**STEP FOUR**

**Measure and mark with a pencil 2cm from the top of the inside line of the small rectangle and 2cm from the bottom of the line joined to the semi circle. Use these marks and the corners of the small rectangle to make triangles like in the photo below.**

*These two bigger triangles are isosceles and the smaller ones are right angle triangles.*

**Maths Fact: the three angles inside a triangle always add up to 180 degrees!**

**STEP FIVE**

**Mark 1 cm down from the inside line of the small rectangle and 1cm up from the inside line of the small rectangle and then join the dots to the corners of the newly made isosceles triangles to make smaller right angle triangles, like so...**

**STEP SIX**

**Now colour it in!**

We were thinking of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle, when we made ours so we coloured the semi circles in red, the large rectangle in green and the triangles orange.

**STEP SEVEN**

**Then we cut it out carefully.**

If you like, before you rearrange the pieces and put them back together, you can draw a background on an A4 piece of paper. Something like this...

Then stick your shapes on the picture to make a caterpillar shape like this...

What we learnt from this project:

- Counting
- Measuring
- Shapes
- Angles
- Practicing using a compass and ruler

Would this actually help kids to learn maths? I mean its fun to do things like this but do the kids grasp any new informative thing?

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