Egg box caterpillar and butterfly

To bring a focus to craft activities I started doing a book of the week with my toddler. Each week we choose a book from his collection and make various crafts related to it, this is week one, A Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Caterpillar craft ideas

To make the egg box caterpillar we used:

  • An egg box
  • Green and red paint
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

To make the butterfly we used: 

  • Card
  • Tissue paper
  • Cellophane sheets
  • Glitter
  • Felt pens
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

Caterpillar craft ideas

Making the Caterpillar 

The egg box caterpillar is an old classic, it’s fun and easy to make and my toddler loved making it and playing with it afterwards.

Start by cutting the egg box out, we only had a small egg box so we had to stick two runs of three egg holes together to make a longer caterpillar.

Paint the egg box in whatever colours your little one wants to, we stuck to red and green as we were copying The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Let the caterpillar dry then use the PVA glue to add the wiggle eyes.

Carefully use scissors to make holes for the pipe cleaners. Cut the pipe cleaner to size and ensure you fold the sharp ends over as these can be dangerous. Place the pipe cleaners through the holes you have made and secure them with sellotape. It’s as easy as that 🙂

Egg box caterpillar

Making the Butterfly

Draw out a butterfly on coloured card. Tear up pieces of multi coloured tissue paper and use PVA glue to decorate the butterfly.

Once dry draw a face and use the scissors to cut out holes in the wings for the cellophane sheets.

Stick the coloured cellophane to the back of the butterfly using the sellotape.

Dab areas with PVA glue and sprinkle with the different coloured glitter.

Cut out your butterfly. Our card was very thin so we mounted the butterfly on a second piece of different coloured card and cut it out again.

Finally cut a pipe cleaner to size ensuring you bend the ends over and stick these to the back of the butterfly to make the antenna.

butterfly craft ideas

Hungry Caterpillar ideas

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