Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft For Preschoolers

This caterpillar craft is the perfect way to use materials you probably already have at home. You can make yours like the Hungry Caterpillar or just design your own creative egg carton caterpillar.

red and green painted egg carton caterpillar craft with googly eyes and pipe cleaner.

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Recommended Supplies

  • Pre-Cut Egg Carton (1/2 of a cardboard one)
  • Tempera Paint (we only used green and red since we were talking about the Very Hungry Caterpillar)
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly Eyes
  • 1/2 of a regular pipe cleaner
  • Scissors (for adults)
  • Glue Bottle (if googly eyes are not stickers)

If you only are making one caterpillar consider using the other side to make these easy egg carton turtles, a bird mask craft, or use another one to make this fun egg carton butterfly!

How To Cut An Egg Carton

Step 1: Cut Box In Half

scissors cutting an egg carton apart.

Step 2: Cut The Egg Carrier

You are going to need six bumps for your caterpillar. Cut your egg carton carrier part in half. We found that flipping over our “cardboard” carrier made it easier to cut.

scissors cutting an egg carton in half.

Step 3: Remove Excess From The Sides

You may have to cut the edges of your caterpillar bodies.

scissors cutting part of brown egg carton.

How To Make A Egg Carton Caterpillar

Before You Begin

You will need to cut the egg carton bodies for the children. Follow the steps listed above.

half of a brown cardboard egg carton.

Step 1: Paint The Body and Face

You can use Very Hungry Caterpillar colors or your own colors. The finished preschool project used yellow mixed with green for the body and red on the face.

part of a cardboard egg carton with paint brush and green paint on it.

Step 2: Let Dry

Step 3: Glue On Eyes

orange glue bottle cap adding glue to the back of a googly eye.

Step 4: Poke Hole On Top Of The Head

Use a pen or tip of scissors to poke a hole in the top of the head.

hole poke in painted egg carton caterpillar.

Step 5: Make Antannae

Cut a normal-sized pipe cleaner in half. Twist the bottom together.

hand holding twisted pipe cleaner.

Step 6: Add Antennae

Stick the twisted pipe cleaner through the head of the caterpillar.

Optional Step: Add Vowels

If you are working on learning the vowels then this is a great addition to your caterpillar. Add a,e,i,o,u to the 5 parts of the hungry caterpillar body.

hand holding a on cut out paper with egg carton caterpillar in the background.

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red and green painted egg carton caterpillar craft with googly eyes and pipe cleaner.

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red and green painted egg carton caterpillar craft with googly eyes and pipe cleaner.

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Preschoolers can make their very own hungry caterpillar from an egg carton.
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Course: Arts and Crafts For Kids
Keyword: egg carton caterpillar, preschool caterpillar craft
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Dry Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Erin
Cost: under $5

Equipment

  • Scissors for adults to cut egg carton
  • Glue Bottle if googly eyes are not stickers

Materials

  • Pre-Cut Egg Carton 1/2 of a cardboard one
  • Tempera Paint we only used green mixed with yellow and red since we were talking about the Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Paint brush
  • Googly Eyes
  • 1/2 piece Pipe Cleaner

Instructions

Prep Egg Carton

  • Cut cardboard egg carton in half and so it can sit nicely on a table.

Making Your Caterpillar

  • Use tempera paint to paint the body and face. You can mix colors or use colors like the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Let the painted egg carton fully dry.
  • Glue on googly eyes. You can also draw on a mouth or other details.
  • An adult should poke a hole in the top of the head.
  • Twist pipe cleaner in half at the bottom to make two anntanae.
  • Poke twisted pipe cleaner in the hole in the head.

Notes

  • You can add feet with paper of pipe cleaners.
  • If studying the vowels in preschool, you could as a,e,i,o,u paper cut-outs on top of the caterpillar to help reinforce that concept.

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