Grab your magnifying glass for a trip to the wonderful world of bugs! Your tiny explorer will love crafting this paper chain caterpillar, complete with his very own top hat. This project, inspired by the eclectic caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, pairs perfectly with the classic storybook, a hike, trip to the park, or even a story such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Making this paper chain pal will help your child brush up on measurement skills, following directions, and may just leave him “very hungry” for stories about this fuzzy bug.
What You Do
- Have your child cut the blue and green construction paper into strips that are 1.5 inches x 6 inches, helping him use the ruler if necessary.
- Alternate linking them and taping the links in place. Let your kid determine the length of his caterpillar—the more paper you use, the longer he’ll become.
- Choose one end to make the head.
- Tell your kid to cut a strip of black paper that is the same size as your links. Help him curl it into a tube shape and tape it into place to create a top hat. Help your budding crafter cut an additional circle from the black construction paper and glue at the base of the black tube to finish the top hat. Glue the hat in place.
- Help your child attach pipe cleaners for antennae, wiggle eyes and a pom for the caterpillar's nose.
- Finally, glue a pom on the end of each pipe cleaner antennae.
You can use small accordion folded pieces of thin paper for antennae instead of pipe cleaners.
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.