We’ve got some cute Caterpillar Crafts for Kids to welcome spring! Perfect to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book & the Hungry Caterpillar Day!
The more I think about it, the more I realize that I have a lot in common with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He starts out eating apples, pears, oranges and other fruit, and ends up scarfing down ice cream, pie, cheese and chocolate cake! That’s exactly how my well-intentioned diet goes during the course of a day!
Granted, my eating habits are far from ideal, but I sure am glad to have something in common with a book that has become a childhood icon for many kids, including mine!
Why is The Very Hungry Caterpillar so famous?
- It sells a copy every thirty seconds, ever since it was launched
- The book has been translated into more than 60 languages, including Hebrew, Japanese and Arabic
- It has won many awards – American Institute of Graphic Arts Award, the Best Children’s Books of England, the Selection du Grand Prix des Treize, the Nakamori Reader’s Prize
- It has also been featured in The New York Times “Ten Best Picture Books of the Year”
- The book has also been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC to encourage healthy eating in children
With 20th March being the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s birthday, there is a lot to celebrate about the book! We’re going to do it in the way we know best – making some cute caterpillar crafts for kids!
15 Cute Caterpillar Crafts for Kids
Eric Carle says that he got the idea for the holes ‘eaten’ by the caterpillar from a punch. Well, I Heart Crafty Things celebrates that idea in this cute project, featuring lots of holes the paper caterpillars have allegedly eaten into!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar maybe Eric Carle’s most famous work, but that shouldn’t take away from some of his other excellent books, like The Very Busy Spider, who gets together with the caterpillar in this project!
Have you seen a caterpillar move? It wiggles along on six legs – although a little slowly, especially when it’s stuffed! Thanks to Fireflies and Mudpies, you can make your own wiggling caterpillar!
Caterpillars are often seen in a green/brown color, but when you’re making caterpillar crafts for kids, you can make it any color you like! Or go nuts and make a caterpillar with all the colors of the rainbow, like we’ve done here!
In the book, the very hungry caterpillar starts his eating marathon with an apple, and that’s why this craft from Messy Little Monster features a cute little caterpillar puppet along with an apple with a hole.
You’d think that the shape of a caterpillar means that you can only make caterpillar crafts for kids using long or cylindrical objects. However, the fact is that you can make a caterpillar out of anything – even cupcake liners!
Caterpillars are quite creative, making their own silk and wrapping themselves in it to create a chrysalis. Let’s get inspired by this and get creative ourselves, creating caterpillar crafts for kids out of waste materials like egg cartons, as shown in DIY Thought!
Your kids may have outgrown the age to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but let’s keep that reading habit going with some cute bookmarks – like this adorable caterpillar theme bookmark, perfect for spring!
Pipe cleaners seem to be the perfect material to make caterpillar crafts for kids, don’t they? Well, Messy Little Monster has made good use of the pliability of pipe cleaners to crate this cute caterpillar!
If you’ve got lots of bits and pieces of craft supplies lying around, we’ve got the perfect project for you – a pompom caterpillar that uses more than just pompoms – pipe cleaners, foam, googly eyes and more!
Eric Carle isn’t considered just an author – he is also considered to be one of the best artists of our time! His artwork is quite impressive, both in terms of the colors used as well as the strokes and style of the art. Now you can create your own caterpillar art with this tutorial from Our Kid Things.
Most of us remember making paper chains in class as one of our first art classes in school, and now you can put that talent to good use with these paper chain caterpillars from Glued to My Crafts!
We are huge fans of reusing old items lying around the house, which is why we love sock crafts – particularly this adorable sock caterpillar from Craft Create Cook. The best part? It’s a no-sew project!
It’s just amazing how toilet paper rolls can be turned into pretty much anything – including caterpillar crafts for kids! Playdough to Plato shows us how to turn a cardboard tube into a colorful caterpillar.
Fingerprint art is something that even young kids can do, which makes this art project from Our Kid Things perfect for the little ones – especially if they’re big fans of the book by Eric Carle!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar isn’t just a beautiful and fun book – it also teaches a lot about counting, days of the week, types of foods as well as the life cycle of an insect. We hope these caterpillar crafts for kids encourage kids to revisit their old favorites and have fun with them again!