This craft is simple enough that my LOs could do it themselves. We had so much fun doing this. Kids would also love learning about these amazing creatures. The very hungry caterpillar is a good book to read with your kids.
What you need
- Craft sticks
- Colourful pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Glue/ Hot glue gun
- Glue the pom poms on to the craft stick – first one being the biggest of all, to make the caterpillars face.
- Stick the googly eyes on to face.
- Cut the pipecleaners to make antennas and stick them on the head. ( you could also make legs using the pipecleaners and stick it to the bottom of the craft stick – caterpillar has 8 pairs of legs )
- Yayy!! You made a cute caterpillar 😀
We used elmers glue first and it worked fine. However my 2 yr old couldnt wait fr the glue to dry. She wanted to play with it right away.. So finally ended up using the hot glue gun..
You could also do this craft on a clothes pin or just hot glue the pom poms to each other.👍
- Butterflies and moths spend their childhood as caterpillars, called the larval stage.
- Caterpillars eat constantly. They outgrow their skin and shed it several times. After the last shedding, the caterpillar fastens to a branch and enters the pupa or chrysalis stage.
- Moth caterpillars use a silk thread from their silk glands to spin a protective cocoon. Inside the cocoon, the pupa goes through a process called metamorphosis.
- The caterpillar’s six front legs transform into the adult insect’s legs, the other “prolegs” disappear, wings grow, and the insect emerges as a beautiful moth or butterfly.
Scientific Name: Larva
Lifespan: 3-4 weeks until pupation
Diet: Herbivore. The majority of caterpillars are herbivores, and eat mostly leaves, though some species eat all plant parts, fungi and dead animal matter, including other caterpillars.
Predators and Threats: Wasps, birds, parasites, and humans.
Habitat: You can find caterpillars almost everywhere from sandy beaches to meadows to mountain forests, worldwide. There are even caterpillars in some Arctic areas.