Making a DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet for pretend play is an easy craft kid’s can make. It only takes 5 minutes start to finish to make one of these little cuties!
Older children will be able to make one of these on their own, while little one’s like mine will need some assistance putting one together.
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DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet for Pretend Play Kids Make
This cute little DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet for pretend play was inspired by the children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
My daughter has loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar since she was a baby. Here she is in her hungry caterpillar pajamas reading her favorite book!
We wanted to make a DIY toy she could play with. When I saw THIS hungry caterpillar puppet by Hanging Houses I fell in love! Since the directions are in another language I could not understand them.
It looks like the craft was originally made of wool felted balls that were sewn together. My daughter and I wanted to make something similar our own way. We decided to use pom-pom’s and a low temp glue gun to make our own DIY very hungry caterpillar puppet.
She has already spent countless hours playing with it indoors and out. Happily chittering and chattering as she plays.
Just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it eats a lot and gets a stomach ache. Then he too likes to eat green leaves to feel better… adorable! I think it’s why he has a smile in the photo below.
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DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet for Pretend Play: Materials
- Mixed multicolor assorted pom-pom’s with googly eyes
- Use the black googly eyes in the set above or use colored googly eyes. I don’t know if there is red in the set listed. We got ours at the dollar store.
- Low temp glue gun or glue gun with low temp setting
- Glue sticks (sold with glue guns listed above)
- Small dowel, small branch or piece of driftwood
- Monofilament line
DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet for Pretend Play: Tutorial
I helped my daughter make the first Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since I was too busy helping her learn how to safely use a glue gun I did not get any pictures of our process.
I decided to make another one with a slightly different color combination for the tutorial below. I also used a beautiful piece of driftwood for the second one, while we used a wooden dowel for the first.
Since my daughter likes to hang her DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet on her wall when she is not playing with it, I thought it would look a bit more like he belonged there.
He makes a lovely wall hanging for a child’s room!
How to Make a DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet
Use a Low temp glue gun or glue gun with low temp setting for this project so you are less likely to burn yourself. Even low-temperature glue guns are hot and dangerous tools. Make sure you teach your child how to safely operate one before offering this DIY craft.
- Assemble materials listed above. We used 11 pom-poms and two googly eyes in various color combinations for each DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet.
- Place a dollop of glue on one pom-pom and attach it to the next.Repeat until all 11 pom-poms are glued together. When my daughter made hers she squeezed the pom-poms tightly together, while I gave them some room so they appeared a bit rounder. Both worked and turned out great, but mine ended up a bit longer.
- Glue googly eyes in color of choice to face.
- Use monofilament beading or fishing line to tie the caterpillar to a wooden dowel, stick, or small piece of driftwood. We tied ours after 3rd and 7th pom-poms.
There are so many ways you can play with this fun DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet. It can be used for pretend play, would make a great addition to a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” story time basket and would make a perfect addition to a butterfly homeschool unit.
My daughter enjoying herself playing with her DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet in our backyard. Click the link to learn 8 reasons I allow my child to go barefoot. If you like the dress she’s wearing check out How to Sew a Jersey Knit Peasant Dress.
Making a DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet for pretend play is an easy craft kid’s can make. It only takes 5 minutes start to finish to make one of these little cuties inspired by popular children’s book.
Older children will be able to make one of these on their own, while preschoolers like mine will need some assistance putting one together. Use for imaginative dramatic play, in story baskets, and as an addition to a butterfly nature study homeschool unit. These also make great birthday party and baby shower favors.
This post is a part of the National Reading Month Book Inspired Play Blog Hop put on by my good friend Amy over at Learning and Exploring through play. Be sure you clink on the link to see all of the other amazing ideas!
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