The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a timeless children’s book by Eric Carle that all generations love, and you can use it as inspiration for many crafts for kids.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, you can organize many enjoyable activities and crafts using a few supplies and some creativity.
And to help you with the creativity part, we’ve made a list of 25 Hungry Caterpillar crafts. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
1. Very Hungry Caterpillar Headband
Nothing will make your kids happier than having a cool headband to wear and show off to their friends, especially if it’s Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed. The headband won’t require more than colored construction papers to make, and you can have it finished in less than an hour.
Learn more about the Very Hungry Caterpillar headband on Lisa Library Land.
2. Caterpillar Pom-Pom Craft
This project is easy enough for preschoolers to attempt. They’ll merely stick green pom-poms to craft sticks and make the shape of the Hungry Caterpillar. They can also add pipe cleaners to resemble the antennae, and voila! They have themselves cute caterpillar miniature crafts.
Get the tutorial for the caterpillar pom-pom craft on Teaching Mama.
3. Hungry Caterpillar Marker Holders
You can get your kids motivated for the start of the school year with this fun caterpillar activity. They’ll make multiple Hungry Caterpillar-themed marker holders using cardboard tubes and patterned tissue paper.
Check the instructions for Hungry Caterpillar marker holders on Crafting Cheerfully.
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger-Print Art
For a fun activity that combines both simplicity and cute results, you can encourage your little ones to try this project. They’ll paint Eric Carle’s loveable character using red and green paint and their fingerprints.
Find out more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar fingerprint art on Crafts by Courtney.
5. Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Ornaments
Do you want to add cute, childish vibes to your Christmas tree this year? If so, you can make those adorable ornaments with your kids. They’ll be so much fun to make, and they’ll look beautiful hung up on your tree.
Read more about Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas ornaments on See Vanessa Craft.
6. Egg Carton Caterpillar
Instead of getting rid of your empty egg cartons, you can use them for many Hungry Caterpillar craft ideas for your kids, like this one.
They’ll color the carton pieces green and use pipe cleaners and googly eyes to finish their cute masterpiece. Also, you can get more egg carton crafts ideas on craftwhack.com.
Learn how to make an egg carton caterpillar on Two Pink Peonies.
7. Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzles
Crafting this puzzle with your kids is a win-win situation. First, it’ll improve their fine motor skills, spelling, and sounding out skills. More so, they’ll enjoy playing around with it. Lucky for you, it’s pretty easy to prepare and includes free printables.
Head over to Playdough to Plato for a tutorial on making Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzles.
8. Paper Plate Caterpillar
The best part about kids’ crafts is that they can be made with everyday materials. Take this project, for example.
With a paper plate from your pantry and some colorful tissues, you and your kid can make a cute caterpillar craft. This idea is also suitable for classrooms because paper plates are inexpensive and widely available.
Get the tutorial for paper plate caterpillar on Glued to My Crafts.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Painting Craft
Using sponges to paint is a fun and ideal technique for kids because of its simplicity. You can use it to implement this idea, but beware of the mess that follows.
You’ll only need to provide white paper, sponges, and paint. You can also offer googly eyes and pipe cleaners for decorative purposes.
Learn how to prepare The Very Hungry Caterpillar sponge painting craft on Buggy and Buddy.
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet
This project is one of the most enjoyable Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts. Not only will your kids enjoy making it, but they’ll also get to play around with it afterward. In addition, you can use the puppet for a tremendously fun reading session of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.
Find out more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar finger puppet on The Joy of Sharing.
11. Caterpillar Bug Jars
Do you want to give your kid a new toy without spending a fortune? If so, you can try your hands at this fun project. It includes using mason jars to make little caterpillar crafts. They won’t take much effort or time on your side, and they’ll make your little one ecstatic.
Read more about caterpillar bug jars on Olives Originals.
12. 3D Bendable Caterpillar
This project is more suitable for older kids because it includes lots of cutting, but it’ll be a blast to make. You’ll only need red and green paper for the caterpillar body and scissors. Then, after they finish, they can play around with their newly-made caterpillar craft.
Learn how to make a 3D bendable caterpillar on Easy Peasy and Fun.
13. Bead Caterpillar Craft
Playing with beads and using them to make different shapes is fun for nearly all generations. That’s why this project is ideal for a heartwarming family activity. You can gather your kids, organize a bead crafting party, and see who has the best results later.
Get the tutorial for the bead caterpillar craft on Make and Takes.
14. Caterpillar Pop-Up Book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book dates back to the 60s, but you can remake it with a modern touch. In this project, you’ll make a caterpillar-themed pop-up book for your kids. It might take some effort and time on your side, but the results will be worth every minute.
Check the caterpillar pop-up book instructions on Mrs. T’s First Grade Class.
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
Do you have a birthday party coming up? If so, there’s no better time to test your crafting skills. You can make a themed photo collage, food markers, cupcakes, etc. Although you’re in for a challenge, you and your kids will have fun organizing this party.
Learn more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party on Pick Any Two.
16. Caterpillar Preschool Alphabet Activity
If you’re looking for a fun way to teach your preschoolers all about the alphabet, you’ll love this project. With the help of your kids, you’ll make a long caterpillar that consists of circular construction paper, with each circle representing a letter.
Find out more about the caterpillar preschool alphabet activity on Simply Today Life.
17. Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft
This project will improve your kids’ fine motor skills, give them tons of fun, and give you a moment of quiet as they play around with it.
It consists of making a caterpillar-themed paper chain, so if your children love The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book, the project will be a blast for them.
Read more about the paper chain caterpillar craft on Where Imagination Grows.
18. Caterpillar Fine Motor Activity
If you have some free time on your hands this weekend, you can organize this caterpillar-themed fine motor activity. It’s one of our favorite Very Hungry Caterpillar activities because it’s both fun and beneficial.
You’ll only have to provide construction paper, hole punch, scissors, and tape. And voila! Your kids will have a fun-packed day punching holes in the paper.
Learn how to prepare the caterpillar fine motor activity on Modern Preschool.
19. Flap Book Caterpillar Craft
If your kid loves reading Eric Carle’s book every night, why not make your own unique version? With the little one’s help, you can craft a flap book that tells a great story.
You’ll have fun making it, and your kids will have a new book to read before sleep.
Learn more about the flap book caterpillar craft on A Little Pinch of Perfect.
20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Craft
Out of the many Very Hungry Caterpillar activities that you can try with your kids, this is one of the easiest. It includes making a cute puppet out of felted wool balls and thread. After finishing, the new toy will come in handy for your upcoming reading session.
Check the instructions for The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet craft on Rhythms of Play.
21. Grassy Caterpillar
If you want to incorporate natural materials into your Very Hungry Caterpillar craft and don’t mind getting your hands all dirty, you can try this fun idea.
First, you’ll make the caterpillar’s body out of grass and use googly eyes to finish the look. After that, you can use the craft as decoration in the garden or your kids’ room.
Find out more about the grassy caterpillar on Toys in the Dryer.
22. Printable Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft
This project is ideal if you don’t have many crafting supplies on your hands but still want to prepare fun crafts for kids. You’ll only need colored paper, scissors, and glue. Then, you can start working with your kids to fashion a vibrant caterpillar out of paper.
Read more about the printable Very Hungry Caterpillar craft on Arty Crafty Kids.
23. Upcycled Lid Very Hungry Caterpillar
If you have many food pouch lids on your hands but don’t want to throw them away, you can use them for many crafts for kids, like this one.
Your little ones will make a caterpillar’s body out of the lids. This way, they’ll have fun crafting, and you’ll get an excellent chance to teach them all about recycling.
Learn how to make an upcycled lid Very Hungry Caterpillar on Entertain Your Toddler.
24. Pipe Cleaner Caterpillar
Pipe cleaners can be used to craft many cute ideas, like this one. After giving your kids colored cleaners, they can make little caterpillars inspired by the famous Eric Carle’s book.
The crafts will make for adorable decorations in your kids’ room, or you can use them as centerpieces for an upcoming themed birthday party.
Get the tutorial for the pipe cleaner caterpillar on Messy Little Monster.
25. Caterpillar Necklace
The last idea on our list is cute, easy to make, and your kids can use it afterward. First, they’ll make a caterpillar necklace out of dyed pasta and construction paper. Then, they can show their crafting skills off by wearing the necklace.
Check the instructions for the caterpillar necklace on Hands on as We Grow.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a beautiful book that we all grew up with and love, and you can pay it homage with a few fun kid crafts from our list!