Youngsters mark book’s birthday 
in caterpillar day

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IT WAS a fun-filled morning for a group of children who celebrated two anniversaries.

Kids and their families went to Gosport Methodist Church, on Stoke Road, to celebrate the 145th anniversary of national charity, Action for Children.

Children had a fun morning playing games inspired by The Hungry Caterpillar

Children had a fun morning playing games inspired by The Hungry Caterpillar

But they were also celebrating 45 years since the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was published.

The children were invited to follow a trail to find all the food the caterpillar in the story ate, and when that was complete, they got to taste some.

They also coloured in masks and played caterpillar-themed games.

Nicky Phillips, a family support outreach worker for Action for Children, said: ‘We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to have fun.

‘We set up a trail that the children had to follow with the different fruits and food spread across it.

‘When they found it, they got to tick it off their list.

‘Then we told the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar while the kids followed it in their own books and we had props for each food he ate.

‘We also sang caterpillar songs and played games.’

Volunteers for Action for Children meet at the Methodist Church every Thursday for the play sessions but Nicky said it was nice to do something different.

‘A lot of the parents come along to our sessions every week but it was nice to have a theme and do different things,’ she added.

‘The children enjoyed doing all the different games and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is great for the age range that we cater for.’

Lisa Thompson goes along to the sessions every week and was excited to hear about The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme.

She said: ‘I bring Jackson along every week to this session and to others.

‘He loves them and he had fun playing all the caterpillar games.

‘It was nice for us to do something different and for him to learn a popular book.

‘He’s only two years old but he was happy following the trail and listening to the story.’

The session at Gosport was one of many being held throughout the country yesterday. It was a national scheme set up by Action for Children to raise as much money as possible.