Hungry Caterpillar Craft

This paper caterpillar is cute and quick.  You can make it big or little, green or yellow or striped.  It is easy enough for ages 4+. It is a cute spring project and is a good craft to make if you are learning about caterpillars or butterflies.

You will need:

1.  Green construction paper

2.  Scissors

3.  Tape, glue, or staples

4.  Googly eyes

5.  A green fuzzy stick

6.  Two green glass beads

7.  A hole puncher

 

A caterpillar made from rings of green paper

Step 1.  Make paper circles.

Circle of green construction paper

Cut the green construction paper into strips 1 1/2 inch wide and 6 inches long.  You will need five strips for each caterpiller.  If you want to make a bigger caterpillar, you can make the strips longer and thicker.  Fold the paper strips into rings and use tape, glue, or staples to hold them in place.  Tape will be the easiest thing for children to use.

 

Step 2.  Make the caterpillar's body.

 Tape, glue, or staple the paper rings together in a line.

 

Step 3.  Make the caterpillar's antennae.

Punch two hole next to each other in the first ring.  Cut the fuzzy stick in half.  Fold it into a V shape.

 

Step 4.  Attach the antennae.

Use a fuzzy stick to make the antennae

Slide the ends of the V through the holes.  Attach the fuzzy stick in place with a piece of tape on the inside of the rings.  The V shape fuzzy stick will be the caterpillar's antennea.  Now slide a glass bead onto the end of each antennae.  Keep it in place by folding the fuzzy stick around it.

 

Step 5.  Add the caterpillar's eyes.

The finished caterpillar

Finish off your caterpillar with a set of googly eyes.  He is ready to creep and crawl!

 

Did you know that caterpillars make silk?  Silk is actually the harden salivia of a silkworm, a type of caterpillar.  These little creatures are often raised for their valuable cocoons.  When they hatch they look like tiny black threads.  They can increase their size by 10,000 times by the time they are ready to spin their cocoons.   The cocoons are gathered and unraveld to make silk thread which is then woven into cloth.

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