Paper Plate crafts are definitely one of our favourite types of craft. They’re so simple, and can look really effective. These paper plate caterpillars are super cute, and will be perfect for spring time when the kids start to spend lots of time in the garden, or for a mini beasts topic. You could of course decorate them like everyone’s favourite caterpillar – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – too. My younger kids can’t get enough of that book!

Paper plate caterpillars craft for kids. These would be great for Spring time or for a minibeasts topic


All you’ll need is:

Paper Plate (unwaxed) – one plate makes two caterpillars
Pipe Cleaners

Optional extras – add any extra supplies you have to hand – glitter, pom poms, sequins, buttons – let the kids get really creative with their caterpillars!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book (if you want to tie in the craft with that) – we have this really large edition that comes with a small soft caterpillar and the kids love its big size.

supplies for paper plate caterpillars


Cut the paper plate in half. Then, cut out the middle circle away from the bordered edge, like in the photo below


Use the circle piece for the head of the caterpillar. It will need to be trimmed down to a smaller size to fit.

paper plate caterpillar head

Have the children color the border piece (which will become the caterpillar body). Get creative, color
them in a variety of designs! We did stripes on one of ours!

paper plate caterpillars

Use markers to draw faces, or if you have googly eyes on hand you can use those.

Cut a pipe cleaner to length, curl it with your finger to make them look like bent antennae.
Attach to the back of the head with glue. Allow to dry.

paper plate caterpillars

More Paper Plate Animals


Paper Plate Puffin

Paper Plate Sheep

Paper Plate Whale

Two Headed Paper Plate Snake Craft to go with Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show (author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

Paper Plate Handprint Spider and Web

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