The Very Hungry Caterpillar No Sew Costume

This Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity is a perfect way to keep the fun going after the book is read {even if for the 1000th time!}.  It is a no sew costume that is easy for parents and fun for kids creating a fun Very Hungry Caterpillar activity!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity

Every year in Australia, schools and preschools celebrate book week and have book parades where children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character. I think this annual tradition is awesome.

I also think that a no-sew costume is awesome.

Here’s our fun no sew costume for lovers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

No-Sew Costume


  • craft foam (red, yellow, green, purple, purple);
  • hot glue gun;
  • elastic;
  • scissors.


  1. Cut out the various shapes for the mask. Green and yellow circles for eyes; purple antennas; and red circle for the face.
  2. Using the hot glue gun, join all the various pieces together. (With super close supervision, I let Mr N and Mr M have a go with our low-temp hot glue gun. This was fantastic – here they were making their own costumes for the Book Parade! Now there’s a family tradition I’d like to keep up.)
  3. With all the pieces of the mask glued on and secure, make two small slits on the side of the mask. Thread some elastic through these holes and secure it so it fits well when the mask is worn.


Pair this no-sew hungry caterpillar face mask with a green top and green pants and you’ve got yourself a Very Hungry Caterpillar. No sewing required. So easy that kids can make it too. Awesome.

Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar one of your child’s favorite books too?  What other no-sew costume ideas have you used?  For more great ideas for kids activities and dress up, you may want to look at these:

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