Create these fun caterpillars to celebrate spring and Eric Carle’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

What You Need:

  • Clean and empty plastic fruit cups, 5 or more per student
  • Hole punch
  • Red and green paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Yarn cut into 18-inch pieces, one piece per student
  • Pipe cleaners, one per student
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Small green or yellow pompoms, two per student

What You Do:

  1. Before class, punch two holes in each fruit cup. The holes should be directly opposite each other and near the top edge of the fruit cups.
  2. In class, ask your students to turn all of their fruit cups upside down.
  3. Have your students paint one fruit cup red and all their others green. Set them aside to dry.
  4. When the fruit cups are dry, have your students line up the cups with the punched holes facing each other. The red cup should be at one end of the line.
  5. Have your students tie one end of their piece of yarn through a hole in the last green cup. Help your students thread their yarn pieces through the holes of the cups, as shown.
  6. Once all of the green cups are attached, have your students slide the red cup onto the yarn. They should tie the yarn around a hole in the red cup to secure the yarn in place.
  7. Have your students fold a piece of pipe cleaner in half and glue it to the top of the red cup for antennae. They may also need to use tape to secure the antennae.
  8. To complete the caterpillars, have your students glue two pompoms to the front of the red cup for the eyes.