Hello fellow In The Playroom readers :), I am Samira from TheMuslimahGuide.
You can find me there sharing mom stuff, kids stuff and other stuff that I discover along the way. I moved from the U.K to US when I got married, so blogging helps me keep connected to the rest of the world.
Today I am sharing an easy to set up, cheap and toddler friendly craft inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Simple and easy The Very Hungry Caterpillar egg carton craft for kids. Great way to extend the book, and there are more caterpillar activities suggested in the post too

My 2 and half year old daughter and her little brother love to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It is slowly becoming one of our favorite books, so I thought this would be the perfect way to combine reading and crafts while promoting and developing motor skills.

For this project you will need:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Paint (for edible paint, my go to recipe is food coloring and yogurt)
  • Paint brush
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Glue

supplies for egg carton caterpillar craft

Take the egg cartons and cut them so each child has a section to paint, encourage your child to attach pipe cleaners for antennas and glue eyes on.

painting egg cartons

My 1 and half year old son (Yep! they are a 1 year apart), painted his caterpillar (partially) and ran off to play with a Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Gear Toy that I had taken out for him. It promotes color recognition, hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.

melissa and doug caterpillar toy

In the mean while as an extension I printed out the fruit to reinforce/teach fruit names, colors and numbers. Once her caterpillar was dry (one day later) she decided to “feed” her caterpillar

The very hungry caterpillar activity

However for younger children you could create an object permanence game by allowing them to put the printed fruits into an object (I used an empty wipe case).

The very hungry caterpillar activity for young childrenOther fun activities we will be doing that are related to The very hungry caterpillar are lacing the leaf, and making a hand painted butterfly.

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