Bring the book to life with this fun and interactive The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Craft!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of those books we’ve revisited time and time again with each of my three children; covering bug topics, colours and the butterfly life cycle.
Our inspired The Very Hungry Caterpillar printable craft is a playful and engaging craft that incorporates shape, counting, tracing and cutting skills.
With the dominate oval shape (that’s fairly easy for little hands to cut), Arty Crafty Kids will need to create the correct number of green ovals to form their caterpillar, as well as creating a small sequence and ordering the shapes to ensure the large oval head is at the beginning or end of the sequence.
Arty Crafty Kids will also use their numbers skills to divide the legs equally between three body segments.
On the surface, this is a simple bug craft that can be adapted to suit your Arty Crafty Kids age and developmental stage (i.e. complete the craft without the 3D elements), while also adding fun learning elements that can be naturally enjoyed throughout the process.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Craft: Materials
White and Red Card Stock
Green Paper (Two Shades)
Scissors & Paper Cutter
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable Craft: Tutorial
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Cut out The Very Hungry Caterpillar elements.
Using two shades of green paper, trace around the body element 5 times.
Trace the head onto red card stock.
Cut out all elements.
Using the remaining paper from the previous step, cut one strip of green paper.
Cut the strip in half and curl to form a circular tube.
Secure with a dab of glue.
Create two paper tubes.
Arrange the body elements as shown above.
The paper tubes will lift two of the body elements of the caterpillar to create a little bounce and body.
Secure the green tubes to the white card base.
Attach the six legs and facial elements.
Let’s create a bobble head!
Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut out two even strips of coloured paper – ideally, the strips will be fairly wide and for length, I would recommend cutting the paper from the shortest side of an A4 piece of paper.
Take the two strips and position them in a 90° angle as shown above. Glue the connecting papers together.
Fold the bottom strip over the top and crease the fold along the edge. This will make the accordion fold tight!
Continue this process until all the is paper has been folded.
Seal the ends with glue.
Attach one end of the accordion fold to the white card.
Glue the head to the other end of the accordion fold.
The caterpillars head will bobble, stretch and spring when the head is pushed down.
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