Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

Let’s make an egg carton caterpillar craft with kids!

This easy egg carton caterpillar craft for preschool-aged kids is also a wonderful addition to studying the life cycle of butterflies.

egg carton caterpillar craft made with egg cartons, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paint.
Adorable egg carton caterpillars.

How to make an egg carton caterpillar craft

This Easy Preschool Caterpillar Craft is so simple and one of my childhood favorites. This craft was able to be done almost completely without adult “interference” by my (just about) 3 year old. You probably have all of the supplies you need at home making this an inexpensive craft to make.

brown egg carton, googly eyes, paint, and pipe cleaners to make an egg carton caterpillar craft.
Craft supplies needed to make an egg carton caterpillar craft.

Supplies needed to make an egg carton caterpillar

  • Egg carton (the cardboard kind is easier to decorate) 1 carton = 2 caterpillars
  • Pipe cleaner (1/2 per caterpillar)
  • Paint, markers or stickers to decorate
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions for making an egg carton caterpillar

A brown egg carton being cut in half to make egg carton caterpillars
Cut egg carton cups in half lengthways to make two caterpillars.
Step 1

Cut egg carton length-wise so you get one long bumpy caterpillar body.

How to cut an egg carton tip:  I found it easiest to cut it using a combo of a sharp serrated knife and scissors.

caterpillar craft for kids
Twist different colors of pipe cleaners and poke them into the top of the egg carton.
Step 2

Paint or color the body of the caterpillar. Affix facial features (or draw them on). Poke two holes in the top of the head. Wrap the pipe cleaners around each other, bend them into shape, and poke them through the egg carton.

Caterpillar Craft egg carton for kids to make
Egg carton caterpillars decorated by kids.
Our finished egg carton caterpillar craft
Caterpillar Craft finished project
Egg carton caterpillars painted and decorated by preschool-aged kids.

Yield: 2

Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

A caterpillar craft for kids made out of egg cartons.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • • Egg carton (the cardboard kind is easier to decorate) 1 carton = 2 caterpillars
  • • Pipe cleaner (1/2 per caterpillar)
  • • Paint, markers or stickers to decorate
  • • Googly eyes

Tools

  • • Scissors
  • • Glue

Instructions

  1. Cut egg carton length-wise so you get one long bumpy
    caterpillar body.
  2. Paint or color the body of the caterpillar.
  3. Affix facial features (or draw them on).
  4. Wrap the pipe cleaners around each other, bend them into shape, and poke them
    through the egg carton.



More caterpillar crafts from Kids Activities Blog

Have you made our egg carton caterpillar craft with your kids? We would love to know how it turned out.

Butterfly life cycle learning

  • Talk about the life cycle of the caterpillar in as much detail as is appropriate. For a great review check this out.
  • OR Watch this neat 3 min video using real caterpillar to butterfly footage!
  • Read the classic: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle or as a really fresh, fun alternative Look & See: The Green Caterpillar (I love the cute rhymes and involvement of lots of other insects in this book. It also reviews colors)
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2 Comments

  1. I love this activtiy. I am going to do it with my little ones tomorrow. I remember doing this when Iw as little and loving it.

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