The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet is an easy caterpillar craft inspired by the popular children’s book. A hungry caterpillar puppet is a DIY toy that kids can make that is perfect for pretend or imaginative play. This hungry caterpillar craft can also be used in puppet shows, story baskets or as an addition to a butterfly theme or study unit. Caterpillar puppets also make great birthday party favors for kids!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet: DIY Toy for Kids
This cute little 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. Just look at the joy on her face!
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!
This caterpillar craft was originally made of wool felted balls that were sewn together. My daughter and I wanted to make something similar that was quick and easy.
We didn’t have a felting set, so we decided to use pom-pom’s and a low-temperature 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!
Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Materials
- Mixed multicolor assorted pom-poms
- Assorted googly eyes
- Low-temperature glue gun or a glue gun with a low-temperature setting
- Low-temperature glue sticks
- Small dowel or small bare branch or piece of driftwood
- Monofilament line
How to Make a Hungry Caterpillar Puppet
My daughter and I made our first Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet together. Since I was busy helping her learn how to safely use a Low-temperature glue gun, I did not take any pictures of our process.
I decided to make another one with a slightly different color combination for the tutorial below. I used a beautiful piece of driftwood for the second one, while we used a wooden dowel for our first hungry caterpillar craft.
Since my daughter likes to hang her caterpillar puppet on her wall when she is not playing with it, I thought it would look a bit more like he belonged there. The driftwood makes this caterpillar craft into a lovely wall hanging in a child’s room!
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Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Step by Step Directions
Even low-temperature glue guns are hot and dangerous tools! Make sure you teach your child how to safely operate a glue gun before inviting your child to make this hungry caterpillar craft.
- Assemble the caterpillar craft materials listed above. We used 11 pom-poms and two googly eyes in various color combinations for each 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 my hungry caterpillar puppet ended up a bit longer than her caterpillar puppet.
- Glue googly eyes in color of choice to the face of the caterpillar puppet.
- Use monofilament (fishing line) to tie the caterpillar puppet to a wooden dowel, stick, or small piece of driftwood. We tied ours after the 3rd and 7th pom-poms so the end of the caterpillar puppet was left free.
My daughter loves playing with her Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet in our backyard. Isn’t he cute?
If you like the dress she’s wearing in the photo above check out How to Sew a Jersey Knit Peasant Dress… And if you are wondering why she is barefoot, click the link to learn 8 reasons I allow my child to go barefoot.
Hungry Caterpillar Puppet for Kids
Making a DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet for pretend play is an easy homemade craft kid’s can make. It only takes about 5 minutes from start to finish to make one of these cute little caterpillar crafts inspired by popular children’s book.
Use your hungry caterpillar puppet for imaginative or dramatic play, in story baskets, and as an addition to a butterfly theme or nature study unit. Hungry caterpillar puppets also make great DIY birthday party favor for a child’s birthday party.
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