I like Eric Carle books for the multi-level learning it offers besides colourful visuals. P loves them too and as a toddler he used to gaze at the visuals for a long time. His all time favourites are ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘The very lonely firefly’ hence we read them very often.
P and I usually enact when we read. While reading ‘Hungry caterpillar’, I make him wiggle his fingers like the tiny caterpillar, rub his stomach to show hunger, go through tunneled pillows to show the caterpillar eating through fruits, ball up to depict cocoon and finally spread both arms and fly around like a butterfly.
This time we decided to depict the life cycle through finger painting and pencil stub printing. P wanted to do it on the door or wall (like the train). It took a lot of convincing to get him to do it on paper.