Want a fun and easy craft that is educational too? To make a caterpillar like the one you see above, just follow this easy tutorial which will walk you through all the supplies and steps to create a look-alike of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar“
One of our favorite books to read with our three-year-old is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. The book is perfect for introducing foods, colors, and counting to your preschooler. Our super easy craft starts with an egg carton and some washable paint.
- Construction Paper
- Fuzzy Pipe Cleaners
- Wiggle Eyes
- Double Sided Sticky Tape
- Elmer’s Glue
- Washable Tempura Paints
- Paint brushes and/or painting sponge
I purchased all of these supplies at Walmart.
You can use either the styrofoam egg cartons or the cardboard cartons. In this case we used both. The styrofoam carton makes perfect disposable paint wells for our colors and the cardboard egg carton is perfect for creating the caterpillar body.
Step 1: Cut your Cardboard Egg Carton
Make sure to trim so both sides are even.
Step 2: Assemble your Painting Supplies
I like to line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil to keep clean up easy.
Step 3: Teach your child how to paint with the tools provided.
You can take a trash bag and use it as a smock or if you own a smock be sure to put your child in their painting apparel before they start painting. Painting from his booster chair means better coordination for my preschooler.
Step 4: Allow the paint to dry and add the face and eyes.
I cut the eyes and nose from construction paper and then glued on “wiggly” eyes. To add the antenna, I poked a hole in the top of the head and threaded a purple pipe cleaner through it.
Step 5: Add the legs.
I used a pipe cleaner and cut it in-half to create the legs. I curled up the ends and attached the pipe cleaner to the underside of the egg carton using double-sided sticky tape.
If you are not familiar with the story, the Caterpillar eats a ton of food before building a cocoon and turning into a butterfly. In the book he starts out by eating one apple, and then two of the next fruit and so on.
To help make this crafting exercise educational, you can download the free “Fruit” printables below. Your preschooler can color these with paint, crayons, markers, or whatever you’d like to use.
Read the story to your little one and teach them about the fruits, their colors, and introduce them to counting. Depending upon your child’s age and development, he or she may be able to use the fruit to practice counting on their own.
You can use these free printables as coloring sheets; or you can print them onto colored card stock or construction paper and cut them out.
If you don’t own the book “the Very Hungry Caterpillar,” just pretend the caterpillar is eating the fruit and explain that a caterpillar eats to grow and will eventually build a small house called a cocoon around himself. After a few days the caterpillar will nibble his way out of the cocoon and turn into a beautiful butterfly.
Here is a picture of our caterpillar eating some of the apples, pears and oranges my son painted. Feel free to use your imagination and you can make learning fun for your preschooler with this easy craft from an egg carton.