Hungry Caterpillar Craft
Updated: Jun 15, 2021
This Hungry Caterpillar craft activity is great for anyone but in particular preschool and school- age children to enjoy. They can have fun making this activity and maybe you could have fun reenacting the story with your craft. This activity is beneficial as it can help children to develop their fine and gross motor skills, as well as help them to improve their cutting and scissor skills. This craft will also benefit children as they will be able to use their creative skills whilst making this activity.
2 pieces of green paper
1 piece of red paper
1 pipe cleaner (any colour)
Felt tip pen or any type of pen
Before you start make sure you have a clean workspace and set out all your materials (2 pieces of green paper, 1 piece of red paper, 1 pipe cleaner, googly eyes, felt tip pen or any type of pen, glue and scissors) ready to make your caterpillar.
Step 1: First, you are going to need your scissors and your 2 pieces of green paper. You are going to start by cutting 6 strips of green paper to make the first part of the body of your caterpillar by creating a paper chain.
Step 2: Next, you are going to finish your paper chain by using glue and the 6 strips of paper that you have just cut out to make the next part of your caterpillar’s body. Taking 2 strips of green paper. fold each strip into a circle. Then take one circle you have just created and glue the top so the circle stays together. Then attach the other circle you have created to the first circle by threading the strip of paper through the circle. This is so they are connected and form a paper chain, which is the body of the caterpillar. Then using a small amount of glue, stick the top part of the circle together so that it is attached. You should have 2 circles in the paper chain. Repeat this step until all 6 paper strips are in your paper chain and then your caterpillar’s body is complete.
Step 3: Third, you are going to need your red paper, scissors and glue to make the face of your caterpillar. You are going to cut out a strip of red paper and fold it like before to make it into a circle. Then you need to attach that like before, to the body of your caterpillar you have already created. You again need to glue the top of the paper circle, so it is attached to the body and is securely attached.
Step 4: Next, you are going to need 2 googly eyes and glue to add some eyes to your caterpillar. You need to add a small amount of glue to the back of each googly eye and stick them in the middle of the caterpillar’s face that you have just created. (Remember to leave a small space between the two googly eyes when sticking them down).
Step 5: Fifth, you are going to need your pen to add a mouth to your caterpillar’s face. Using your pen you need to draw on a mouth for your caterpillar just below where you stuck your googly eyes. (This can be any shape and colour you like) (I did a circle mouth (I used a black felt tip pen but you can use any kind of pen you like).
Step 6: Lastly, you are going to need scissors, glue and your pipe cleaner, (this can be any colour you like) (I used black for mine) to make the ears for your caterpillar. Using your scissors you need to cut your pipe cleaner in half to make two ears. And then using a small amount of glue, stick each pipe cleaner to the top part of your caterpillar’s face, so they are sticking out above the paper chain face. Now all the features of your caterpillar’s face are complete.
Step 7: You are all finished! You can now enjoy playing with your caterpillar in any way you would like to. Why not retell the story of the hungry caterpillar to people around you or make more parts of the story come to life through making them out of craft.
~Made by Zoe