Cutie Patootie Caterpillars, Toddler Craft

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An empty egg carton stared at me and said, “Please give me a second  life!” So, I cut up the egg carton and showed the two year-olds in my pre-school class how to paint their caterpillars. They dipped, dripped and dabbed. Fun!

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  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • paint and paint brush
  • large pom-poms
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • newspaper


  1. Spread newspaper over work surface. Cut egg carton into sections. I made each caterpillar body two egg sections.
  2. Paint “body.” Let dry.
  3. Glue large pom-pom to one end of egg carton. Press to set glue.
  4. Glue googly eyes on the pom-pom.
  5. Let dry before handling.

Book: Guess which book we read when our caterpillars were finished…Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course. Click here to watch an animated version of the book.

Bonus: Shout out to the fabulous pre-school director and Transitional Two’s head teacher who brought in something extra special to show the children—live caterpillars! Every year, the pre-school orders butterfly kits which include cups of caterpillars, habitats, and food. The kids watch as the caterpillars eat, form chrysalises, and transform into butterflies. Then they set them free.


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