The Very Hungry Caterpillar:

This is a simple art project that uses multiple textures.

Recommended Grade Level: PreK-1


  • Cardboard egg cartons (Take one egg carton and cut in half length-wise where the eggs would sit in to make two cardboard strips. Each rounded strip will be a caterpillar. Plan ahead and ask parents to donate.)
  • Green WASHABLE paint
  • Smocks
  • Paintbrushes
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Small wiggly eyes  (2 per child)


The painting can be done in a small group setting. After each child has painted the outside of their egg carton, I have them stick on the eyes-the wet paint will act as glue. Once completely dry, each pipe cleaner is stuck into the top of the caterpillars head. The ends can then be rounded to look more like antennae. Also, the ends should be bent on the underside of the caterpillar so they don’t slip out. Students can then draw a small smiling mouth on their little friend.