Thursday, May 31, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Egg Carton Caterpillars

From Sarah C.: 

Between the gift of a new BIG copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which came with a small plush caterpillar that literally fits through the holes!) and a visit to the Cary Creative Center, D & I were inspired to make caterpillars.

  • Egg carton
  • Scissors (for adults)
  • Acrylic paint & brushes
  • Pipe cleaners (wire cutters to cut in half - adults only!)
  • Googly eyes & glue (optional)

To make your own, start by cutting the top off of the egg carton and then cut the bottom into two long pieces. This will give you 2 caterpillar "bodies" to work with.

Next use acrylic paints to add color. We chose green & red to mimic the Hungry Caterpillar.

After the paint is dry, use the scissors to punch two small holes in the head for the antennae. Cut a pipe cleaner in half using a wire cutter and carefully press out any sharp points on the ends. Assist your child as needed to form a 'U' shape with the pipe cleaner and push it up through the holes giving you nice fuzzy antennae.

Finally, add a little dot of green paint for the nose and glue on googly eyes (or paint eyes if you prefer).

D & I both made caterpillar (I enjoy these crafts too!). And, amazingly, they both survived several days including being played with!

This post originally ran on Sarah's blog, 2paws Designs, in April - here.


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