Five easy steps for a craft carton caterpillar

Now that the school year is coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking of ideas to keep the kids busy this summer.

We have a great rainy day craft that is not only relevant to your kids, but will kick your own nostalgia into high gear. Try this Very Hungry Caterpillar egg carton craft.

What you need:

  • Egg carton
  • Paint (red, yellow and green)
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner

Step one: Start by cutting your carton so that you have a row that is four cups long. You will have extra carton cups left over, but don’t throw them out, you can use the leftovers to make another caterpillar, or to hold your paint for the next step!

Step two: Paint the body of your caterpillar while using your extra carton cups as a paint holder. Start by painting the first cup red (this will be the head) and the other three cups green for the body.

Step 3: Once you have the body of the caterpillar painted and dried, you can start on your strawberry (your caterpillar is very hungry, so you have to feed it, right?). Draw a strawberry by hand or print one off of the computer.

Step 4: It’s time to put your caterpillar’s face on! Carefully, using your scissors, poke two holes in the top of the red cup. Stick the yellow pipe cleaner through the two holes from the bottom, you may have to cut the pipe cleaner to make it the right length. Glue the googly eyes on the front of the red cup.

Step 5: Using your marker, draw a smile on your caterpillar. Cut out your strawberry and voilà, you have a snack for your hungry caterpillar! For an added effect, cut a hole out of your strawberry to show where the caterpillar has been eating!

To finish off this fun craft, why not read The Very Hungry Caterpillar while your child acts out the story with his or her new craft!