The Very Hungry Caterpillar

very hungry caterpillar activities

My girls love Eric Carle’s books. One of their favorites is, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After reading and then watching The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we started our crafts.

egg carton caterpillars

First the girls made egg carton caterpillars. I did the cutting of the egg cartons, pipe cleaners and yellow self-adhesive foam eyes with scissors. I also cut small holes in the egg cartons for the pipe cleaners with an X-Acto knife. The girls did the painting and assembly.

Very Hungry Caterpillar egg carton craft

Next we made craft stick caterpillars. We just wrapped pipe cleaners around craft sticks and used a pen to draw on the eyes. You could use googly eyes if you have them.

Very Hungry Caterpillar craft

For our snack the girls made banana caterpillars. This is a simple snack they made all on their own. I just gave them a little direction here and there.

banana caterpillar snack

We also made caterpillar hats with card stock. I measured the girls’ heads and made the right size hats. I then drew the antenna and eyes. The girls cut them out and glued them together.

caterpillar hats

Finally, I saw this butterfly plate activity kit and knew I could make it myself.

If you want to make your own kit too, here’s what you’ll need:

  • paper plate butterfly craft suppliesPaper plates
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms
  • Buttons
  • Self-adhesive foam sheet
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Crayons (optional)
  • Markers (optional)











First, I free-handed the bodies of the caterpillars on the back of a self-adhesive foam sheet using the paper plate as a size reference and then cut it out. I then used the leftovers from the foam sheet to make the butterflies’ spots by tracing a button a few times. After cutting out the spots, I cut my paper plates in half in a wavy cut.

butterfly tracings

My girls then assembled their butterflies by removing the backing from the body and sticking it to the plate halves. You will want to keep the backing of the body to stick back on the parts that aren’t covered by the plate. The girls then stuck curled pipe cleaners to the back of the head for antenna. Next, they colored and stuck on buttons, pom pom, spots, and embellishments. I cut the backing and placed it back on the butterfly bodies’ backsides. This keeps the butterflies from getting everything stuck to them.

Here’s the finished butterflies!

finished butterfly

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