For national family literacy day, Zoë decided she wanted to read through a few of the Eric Carle books in our collection with The Very Hungry Caterpillar kicking us off. A few months back, Zoë came home from school with a paper caterpillar they made. Since then I’ve Been wanting to recreate that craft so it could be a part of her art wall (I’m still working on almost 3 years later) so now was the perfect time to make this tissue paper The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft.
Eric Carle is one of our favorite children’s book writer because his stories just come alive. Baby E enjoys reading time with his big sister and one on one with mommy. After reading a few books, the kids went down for their nap and I got to work. This is a quick 10-15 minute craft that I’ll let Zoë do on her own in the future.
Tissue Paper The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft
- Oak Tag Paper
- Tissue Paper: Dark green, red, yellow, light green
- 1 black or brown stove pipe cleaner
- 1 brown marker
Trace an outline of the caterpillar. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Begin gluing a row of yellow tissue paper squares to the top of the body.
Glue 3 rows of green tissue paper squares
Glue on red tissue paper squares to firm the head.
Fold 2 yellow tissue paper squares up to form the eyes.
Add folded green tissue paper to the eyes to form the pupils and then add a small piece to form the eyes.
Glue on cut stove piper or antellers. Use a brown marker to make feet.
Add in a few pieces of light green tissue paper to the body for added depth.
Let dry and frame in an 8×11 picture frame.
How did you celebrate National Family Literary Day with your children?