The Very Hungry Caterpillar Art and Craft Ideas

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There is something about the way The Hungry Caterpillar eats it’s way through the pages – every day of the week – that appeals to children and parents all over the world!

Do you know that this book by Eric Carle was published in 1969 and has sold over 30 million copies!! We own 3 – one for the table, one for the bath and one just because!!! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is still one of our favorite books!

Craft activities that are paired with stories really brings the idea to life! We recently hosted a “Read It – Make It” book week where we collected over 50 craft ideas inspired by children’s books! Go check it out!

15 the very hungry caterpillar art and craft ideas


Here are a selection of our favorite Hungry Caterpillar ideas from around the web, created by some of the best idea makers and creators out there!!

ReCycled Paper Roll Caterpillar from Playdough to Plato

Wonderful cutting painting sticking craft idea!

tp roll

Balloon Painted Caterpillars from Mrs Karen’s Preschool Ideas

These were made as part of insect week! I love the use of balloons, such an interesting technique!


Fingerprint Art by Crafts by Courtney

Such a lovely way to create that collage style printing and all you need are some willing fingers!!


Stained Glass Butterfly from Rainy Day Mum

This art is absolutely beautiful! What a lovely process!


Caterpillar Headband by Library Land

How cool is this idea! I know a class full of people who would love to make some!


Marshmallow Printing by Smart Class

If you don’t eat them all first… then this is a wonderful idea! Bring out the food!!!


Printing with Sponges from Buggy and Buddy

Clever and Fun!! This can be done from a toddler age.

printing with sponges


Toe Print Caterpillars from Crafty Morning

I love caterpillar toe prints! How cute are these guys!!

Toe Prints


Finger Puppet Caterpillar and Butterfly from Damsonlane

What a wonderful idea to bring the story alive!


Clay Hand Rolled Caterpillars from Mrs Moss’ Art Blog

With freshly painted leaves this 3D craft option looks like fun – ‘eating holes’ into the leaves optional!

clay caterpillars

Pom Pom and Craft Sticks by Teaching Mama

Pom Poms make the best caterpillars!

pom pom caterpillar

Tissue Paper Caterpillars by Teach Preschool

Sticking and Glueing! Perfect Art Caterpillars

tissue paper caterpillar

Clothing Pin Caterpillar from The Bottomsup Blog

This is a great toy – that turns into a wonderful pull – along toy!

clothing pen caterpillar

Caterpillar Necklace Craft from Buggy and Buddy

Fantastic threading idea and perfect accessory!

neckless hungry caterpillarHope this wonderful round up inspires you to get cutting and glueing and sticking and creating all sorts of caterpillar beauties!!

We would love to see your creations! Feel free to share them onto our Facebook Wall anytime!

Below are some of our most loved ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ items!

Here are 15 FANTASTIC Art and Craft ideas for children all based on the wonderful book The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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