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Children will love these Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts for kids! Make these cute caterpillar crafts and then read The Very Hungry Caterpillar – perfect for preschoolers and toddlers!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of our favorite books when my kids were young, and a favorite book is something you never really outgrow. If your child loves the classic book by Eric Carle, too, you’re all going to love these Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts. This list includes fun projects and learning activities for a wide range of ages, from toddlers to early elementary students. Teachers will even find some great ideas to use in the classroom!

In addition to being great extensions for the Eric Carle book, these Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts are wonderful creative activities to add to unit studies on bugs and butterflies.

Choose a few to make with your kids. Whether you want to make a puppet, a puzzle to play with, or a simple paper craft, you’ll find some amazing ideas in this list!

17 Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts

printable very hungry caterpillar

Printable Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft from Arty Crafty Kids: Paper crafts are wonderful for those times when you don’t really have any crafting supplies on hand but you still want to make something fun. As long as you have red and green paper, you can use the printable template to make this adorable paper Very Hungry Caterpillar.

upcycled lids made into caterpillar

Upcycled Lid Very Hungry Caterpillar from Entertain Your Toddler: If you have a toddler or preschooler, you probably buy loads of those fruit pouches for your kiddo. Recycle those lids to make a bendable Very Hungry Caterpillar craft that will be so much fun to play with!

marker holders made from toilet paper tubes shaped into a caterpillar

Hungry Caterpillar Marker Holder from Crafting Cheerfully: Any craft area or kids’ homework desk needs this whimsical caterpillar marker holder! This would make a cute gift for teachers for the classroom, too. Use it for pencils, paintbrushes, markers, and other office supplies.

pipe cleaners made into a caterpillar

Pipe Cleaner Very Hungry Caterpillar from Messy Little Monster: We love how much this pipe cleaner caterpillar looks like the character from the book! He is made with a couple of craft sticks cut into and bent into a caterpillar shape that’s then wrapped with pipe cleaners. The step-by-step tutorial makes it so easy to get it exactly right.

pom pom caterpillar puppet outside

Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet from Rhythms of Play: This caterpillar puppet encourages creativity and imagination. Kids will have so much fun making this with pom-poms and then taking it outdoors to play with among the leaves and grass.

caterpillar christmas ornament on tree

Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Ornament from See Vanessa Craft: How cute is this caterpillar ornament in a mini mason jar? It would be so fun to create a storybook Christmas tree with homemade ornaments based on your favorite books. If the jars are too heavy for your branches, try to find a clear ornament with a large opening to insert the caterpillar into if you want an ornament that’s a little more lightweight.

two caterpillar crafts with movable aprts

Easy Caterpillar Craft with Movable Parts from Fireflies and Mud Pies: This wiggly caterpillar is the perfect craft to pair with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Print the template on white cardstock so your kids can color or paint the pieces, or use colored cardstock in red and green to recreate the look of the caterpillar in the book.

fuzzy caterpillar craft on eaten leaf

Fuzzy Caterpillar Craft from The Simple Parent: This fuzzy little guy is made with pom-poms and pipe cleaners, and it’s super easy for toddlers or preschoolers. Little ones will need to use craft glue or school glue. If you’re using hot glue for faster drying and better hold, a parent will need to assist.

hand playing with caterpillar puzzle

Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzles from Playdough to Plato: Use these puzzles to practice matching, spelling, and sounding out words. Your kids will want to put them together again and again.

very hungry caterpillar sequencing activity on table

Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Activity from School Time Snippets: Teach sequencing skills with preschoolers through second-grade students with this fun caterpillar activity. The story sequence printable is provided. Placing the clothespins not only helps kids remember the sequence of the story, but it offers fine motor practice as well.

bendable caterpillar kids craft being played with

3D Bendable Caterpillar from Easy Peasy and Fun: This is a fantastic craft to make with first and second graders since it requires more advanced scissor skills. Just look at that smiling face! The kids will want to play with him for hours.

caterpillar alphabet activity on table with caterpillar

Caterpillar Alphabet Activity from Simply Today Life: This preschool alphabet activity encourages kids to recognize and practice their letters. Print the entire alphabet on green circles in uppercase and lowercase. Practice letter sequencing or simply spell out simple sight words with older kids.

caterpillar made from stamping paper

Caterpillar Stamping from Buggy and Buddy: Sponge stamping creates the perfect shape and texture for a cute caterpillar. This is a wonderful toddler or preschool activity for the home or school.

caterpillar paper puppet on sticks

Hungry Caterpillar Craft Puppet from Powerful Mothering: You only need a few basic craft supplies—like construction paper, glue, and craft sticks—to make this fun puppet. Use it to reenact the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

caterpillar paper chain craft

Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft from Where Imagination Grows: If your kiddo likes making paper chains, this is a simple craft that you can whip up in no time. Use it as a countdown chain to a fun activity!

hungry caterpillar flap book being played with

Hungry Caterpillar Flap Book Craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect: Three different flap book templates help kids practice the days of the week, counting, or naming colors. It’s the perfect extension for Eric Carle’s book!

Which caterpillar craft are you going to make with your kids first?

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