Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft and DIY Toy for Kids!
Here’s an easy caterpillar puppet craft inspired by the popular children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This very hungry caterpillar puppet is great for pretend or imaginative play. You can also use this caterpillar craft in puppet shows, story baskets, or as an addition to a butterfly theme or study unit. Hungry caterpillar puppets also make great birthday party favors for kids!
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Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Kids Can Make
As mentioned above, this cute little Hungry Caterpillar craft puppet for pretend play was inspired by the children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” It is one of my daughters’ all-time favorite children’s books, so we wanted to make a very hungry caterpillar craft together.
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!
When she was in preschool she wanted to make a caterpillar craft that she could play with. When I saw THIS hungry caterpillar puppet by Hanging Houses we fell in love!
The original artist made her caterpillar craft with wool felted balls sewn together. My daughter and I wanted to make something similar that was quick and easy. My daughter was not old enough at the time to work with 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 instead!
If even low-temperature glue guns and children at the same table make you scream safety hazard, use glue dots to attach the pom-pom’s together. Simply follow the hungry caterpillar puppet step-by-step directions below!
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Caterpillar Craft Materials
- Mixed multicolor assorted pom-poms
- Assorted googly eyes
- Low-temperature glue gun or a glue gun with a low-temperature setting or glue dots
- Low-temperature glue sticks
- Small dowel or small bare branch or piece of driftwood
- Monofilament line
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How to Make Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Craft and DIY Toy for Kids
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 a second hungry caterpillar craft with a slightly different color combination for the photo tutorial below. I used a beautiful piece of driftwood for the second caterpillar puppet, while my daughter and I used a wooden dowel for the first hungry caterpillar craft that we made together.
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 very hungry caterpillar craft into a lovely wall hanging in a child’s room!
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Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft and DIY Toy Puppet Step by Step Directions
Use a low-temperature glue gun or glue gun with a low-temperature setting or glue dots for this caterpillar craft, so you are less likely to burn yourself.
NOTE: 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 use one to make this hungry caterpillar craft. If you don’t think your child can safely use a low-temperature glue gun, use glue dots instead.
Step 1 – Gather the caterpillar craft materials listed above.
We used 11 pom-poms and two googly eyes in various color combinations for each caterpillar puppet.
Step 2 – Glue caterpillar craft together
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 craft ended up a bit longer than her caterpillar craft.
Step 3 – Glue googly eyes to the face of the very hungry caterpillar craft.
Use a low-temperature glue gun, or a piece of a glue dot to attach googly eyes in the color of your choice to the hungry caterpillar craft.
Step 4 – Transform very hungry caterpillar craft into a hungry caterpillar puppet toy for kids (optional)
Use monofilament (fishing line) to tie the caterpillar puppet to a wooden dowel, stick, or small piece of driftwood. We tied the caterpillar puppet to the wooden dowel after the 3rd and 7th pom-poms, so the caterpillar puppet’s end was left free to swing and dangle.
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Caterpillar Craft and Pretend Play Toy
My daughter has already spent countless hours playing with her caterpillar puppet toy 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!
She also loves playing with her Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet in our backyard. Isn’t he cute?
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Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Craft and DIY Toy for Kids
Making a DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet for pretend play is an easy homemade craft that kids can make. It only takes about 5 minutes from start to finish to make one of these cute little caterpillar crafts inspired by a 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. This hungry caterpillar craft also makes a great DIY birthday party favor for a child’s birthday party.
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