What do you think of when you think of spring?
For us, the flowers start to grow, the birds are returning, the trees start blooming and we start to see spring friends again.
This craft is a simple one with items you likely have around the house and can upcycle from your recycling bin (or a neighbours). It also pairs well with the book, “A Hungry Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle for story time or to set up the caterpillar as a truly great animal. Caterpillars as a creature are so neat because they can be larvae or butterflies. There are more than 20,000 different species of them in the world. The appearance of caterpillars can be really different too – hairy or smooth, brightly coloured or dull. The only provision is watch out – they can also be pests who eat almost everything plant-like in their paths.
- 1 egg carton
- Washable paint (multiple colours)
- Paint brushes
- 4 sets of googly eyes
- 4 twist ties, pipe cleaners or floral wire
- Hot glue with glue sticks
- Cut the egg carton into 4 sections of 3 cups each.
- Give the children paintbrushes, and paint and encourage them to decorate their caterpillars.
- Allow to dry either in the warm spring sunshine or overnight.
- Attach 1 set (2 eyes) to each caterpillar using hot glue or your glue stick.
- Poke a small hole in the top of the caterpillars’ head for antennas. Fold your twist ties, pipe cleaners or floral wire (about 1″) in half and poke through holes. Secure with a drop of hot glue.
- Enjoy playing with your new catepillar friends!
About Holly LaRochelle
Holly LaRochelle is always on the lookout for simple craft projects to keep her kids, ages 2 and 4, occupied. Visit her blog, The Inspired Home, to be inspired to do-it-yourself, get outdoors and add simple homemade recipes that make family life fun and fresh.