Springtime caterpillars have fascinated my kids for years, so I have quite a few ideas for caterpillar crafts up my sleeve. I find that focusing arts and crafts around their interests is a great way to enjoy some one-to-one time with each child. I hope you can enjoy some bonding time too with our favourite caterpillar crafts.
Cute Caterpillar Crafts for Kids
Springtime is wonderful, isn’t it? Baby lambs in the fields, daffodils in the garden and caterpillars starting to appear on the lettuces. Ok, so the caterpillars on the lettuces aren’t great, but they are still cute!
I’m sharing some of the ideas for caterpillar crafts which have worked well for us, and I’m sure they will for you too.
- Pom-pom caterpillars on paper– a great one for young children. Place glue onto a piece of paper in a line. Starting at one end of the line, stick down little pom-poms to make a segmented caterpillar. At the head end, use a larger pom-pom and glue some eyes on. Older children may enjoy drawing a leaf for the base and then gluing the caterpillar onto it, rather than using a blank piece of paper.
- Threaded caterpillar – ideal for older children, this threaded pom-pom caterpillar requires you to pass a threaded needle through the pom-poms to attach them together. Then instead of having a caterpillar stuck on paper, they’ll have a wriggly caterpillar they can hold.Tie a knot in the end of a piece of embroidery thread, string or wool and thread a needle at the other end. Pull the needle through the middle of the pom poms in a line to make your caterpillar. Tie off the end and trim the ends. To make the antenna push a threaded needle (with a knot at the end) up from the bottom of the pom pom and out the top. Repeat on the other side then glue on some wiggly eyes. With some help from an adult, this could even be hot glued onto a hair tie or hat.
- Paper-chain caterpillar crafts – here’s one you could even do at Christmas time, or make one large enough to hang up in your child’s bedroom. Cut coloured paper or card into strips, then create interlocking loops using these strips and stick them together with tape.
- Caterpillar pizzas – now here’s a yummy caterpillar craft and cooking idea. Cut circles of pizza dough and place onto an oven tray. Add tomato paste/sauce then your favourite toppings to each circle of dough. Cook and then place onto a serving platter in a caterpillar shape. If you’ve got a messy chef or pizza eater, our Long Sleeve Bibs make great cover-ups to protect their clothes!
- Hungry caterpillar signs – plant some swan plants into your garden ready for little eggs to be laid upon. While you are waiting for the monarch butterflies to show up, get crafty with some caterpillar signs. Using old bits of wood or large rocks, paint either words or images onto it. Messages such as Hungry Caterpillars Welcome, or Look Out for Caterpillars are favourites of ours.
I hope you and your kids have just as much fun as we did creating these caterpillar crafts. Feel free to add your ideas or thoughts on these or other caterpillar crafts in the comments below.
If you’ve got any pom poms left be sure to check out our instructions to make your own pom pom shooter – it will keep the kids entertained for ages!