Caterpillar crafts for Your Kids to Make

by Karen & Grace Morris

Have your kids make some caterpillar crafts this spring. Soon you will have different colored bugs to decorate your refrigerator and desk. Don’t worry these won’t eat the vegetables in your fridge like real bugs eat the plants in your garden.

2 Caterpillars

Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies. They live on plants in your garden. Sometimes they eat so many leaves that the plant dies.
Here are two caterpillar crafts that your children will enjoy making.

Tissue Paper Caterpillar

The inchworm (from the family Geometridae) is green, gray, or brownish. Some caterpillars are named inchworm because of the way they seem to measure where they are going. To move they grab their hind feet with their front feet and pull up their body in a loop. They hide from predators by blending into the background or looking like twigs.

For this craft you will need;

  • Green tissue paper (or your favorite color)
  • A black marker
  • String
  • Cotton balls


green tissue and cotton ball

Fold a sheet of tissue paper in half. Place one cotton ball in one of the corners.

close with string

Fold the corner around the cotton ball use a piece of string to tie the tissue around the cotton ball.

(In “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice talked to a caterpillar named the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar.)

add more cotton

Next place two cotton balls together roll the tissue to cover. Tie the open end closed with string.

add two more cotton balls

Add two more cotton balls roll and tie closed. Do this one more time for three body parts.

twist and tie end

Twist and tie the end with string. Cut the tissue and tape to the back of the caterpillar.

finished tissue caterpiller

Add eyes with a black marker.

(Our cat was scarred silly when he saw this one.)

You can sit this creepy crawler on your desk or bookcase. He won’t craw off.

Note Keeper Caterpillar Crafts

For this craft you will need;

  • 2 small pompoms
  • Three larger pompoms
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Clothespin
  • Glue
  • Magnet with the sticky back
  • Black paper or craft foam
clothespin with pompoms

Put a magnetic strip on a clothespin. Glue two small pompoms next to each other near the mouth of the clothes pin.

add 3 pompoms

Glue the three larger pompoms in a row on the top of the clothespin. 

make eyes

With a hole punch make two black dots. Glue the dots to the smaller pompoms on the clothespin opening.

finished pompom caterpillar

Cut paper into a leaf shape for your note paper. Then your caterpillar has something to eat.

Most kids like looking at these creatures. They can also have fun making caterpillar crafts to decorate the house. Then learn more about these interesting creatures.

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