The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppet Craft

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppet Craft
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppet Craft

Hands down Eric Carle is one of my most admired children's author/illustrator. And lucky for me, my children love him just the same! So in honor of spring this year, we made The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppets so my children can play along as we read the book happily for the 500,000th time!

Classified: Easy and is great for toddlers to Kindergarten children!

What you need:
  • Paper plates (we used dessert-sized plates) 4 or more
  • Various shades of green paint and red paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Green, yellow, brown and blue paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Popsicle sticks (2)
  • Paper Fasteners

  • The Book:  
 What to do:
 1. Read the story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discuss the book.

2. Have your child paint the paper plates various shades of green after you decide how many paper plates your will use. Paint on various shades of red for the face and set aside to dry.
Eric Carle Paper Plate Craft

3. To make The Very Hungry Caterpillar's facial features:
Toddlers: Have two large ovals cut out of yellow and two medium ones out of green for the eyes; a small rounded brown triangle for the nose; and two blue antenna for your toddler to glue to the head.
Preschooler: provide the above in stencils for your youngster to cut out independently or with help.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar preschool craft

Kindergarten and above: Have them observe The Very Hungry Caterpillars facial features and have them create his or her own appropriate pieces to complete the face.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar kindergarten craft

4. Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the caterpillars face and one to a green paper plate (this will be the caterpillars toosh!)

5. Cut 6 little pieces out of the pipe cleaners. Glue 4 to one green paper plate and two to the one with the popsicle stick on it. Allow all pieces to dry (preferably over night).

6.  Punch one hole to the right side of the caterpillars head and one to either side of all the green pieces (with the exception of the last one, which should just have a hole on its left side). Slide a brass paper fastener to join one paper plate to another.

7. Have your child hold a popsicle stick in each hand. They can now make the caterpillar move by maneuvering the front and back end!
The Hungry Caterpillar puppet


  1. This is wonderful. so cute. I pinned it, I am sure we will be doing the book some time. Or maybe when we get our caterpillars. There we go, perfect.

  2. We just released butterflies that we had watched since we got them as caterpillars--this will be a fun activity for this weekend! I'd love to know if you have a butterfly craft, too...;)

  3. gorgeous idea, a great craft to make at a very hungry caterpillar birthday party.


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