Hungry Caterpillar Balloon Activity
Did your child read about a very hungry caterpillar, and now he can't get enough? Invite the hungry caterpillar over to your house by creating a larger-than-life, colorful caterpillar friend out of balloons! Perfect for a backyard parade or party decoration, this creative craft will help your child unleash his imagination and bring a lovable story character to life.
What You Need:
- 1 red punch ball balloon
- 3 green balloons
- Adhesive dots
- Construction paper in yellow, green and blue
- Glue stick
- Floral wire
- Aluminum foil, craft foam and sequins
- 2 plastic balloon sticks
What You Do:
- Help your child inflate the punch ball balloon and seal it according to the directions, by rolling up the opening tightly, then pushing the roll into the balloon.
- Then help your child inflate the green balloons and tie them off.
- Hold the red balloon so that the rubber band handle is on the top. Have your child place one adhesive dot in the middle of one side of the balloon. Press a green balloon against the adhesive dot on the red balloon, knot side down, for the first link of the caterpillar's body.
- Place an adhesive dot on the other side of the first green balloon, and then press a second green balloon against it.
- Repeat step 4 with a third green balloon. You now have a long green caterpillar with a red head!
- Have your child create the caterpillar's face by cutting out yellow and green construction paper ovals for eyes, and a blue oval for a nose.
- Glue them to the face using adhesive dots or a glue stick.
- Cut out two pieces of floral wire, each about 3 inches long.
- To make the caterpillar's antennae, draw out four 4-inch strips on blue construction paper, and cut them out.
- Coat the paper antennae with glue, and sandwich a piece of the floral wire between two paper antennae shapes. Press together and let dry.
- Have your child bend the bottom of each antenna at a 90 degree angle to make a tab.
- Stick an adhesive dot to the bottom of each tab and attach the antennae to the top of the caterpillar's head.
- Have your child decorate the caterpillar with craft foam cutouts, pieces of foil, paper and sequins. Attach the decorations with adhesive dots.
- Place an adhesive dot on the top of a balloon stick and attach it to the bottom of the red balloon.
- Repeat with the other balloon stick and the green balloon on the other end of the caterpillar.