Today I have for you a fun craft making a caterpillar out of a paper plate and other materials.
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First, we will cut our paper plate in half and trim along the middle circle to make an arch. Color it in with whatever color you'd like your caterpillar to be. Next, we will cut a circle out of construction paper to make the caterpillar's head. You might want to find something to trace the circle with (I used the bottom of my Yeti cup, find whatever is close at hand).
Now, we will take our pipe cleaner and cut 2 equal lengths to make the antennae. Bend the tops of the pipe cleaners into spirals and tape onto the back of the caterpillar's head. Use the rest of the pipe cleaner to cut out legs for your caterpillar, and tape onto the back of the plate. You are welcome to try and use glue too, but I found that the glue didn't hold as well as the tape.
Glue the caterpillar's head down onto the body, glue down 2 googly eyes, and use the marker to draw a mouth. Use a circle punch or freehand cut circles to fill the body of your caterpillar and glue them down. As always, feel free to use colors or materials that suit you and have fun with it!
You can use this craft as an opportunity to talk to your kids about what they know about caterpillars. What different kinds of caterpillars are there? What do they eat? What is the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly? Look up the answers you don't know together; it's always fun to learn! Two picture books featuring caterpillars I like are The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, 2 classic author/illustrators that have a wonderfully long list of books to enjoy.