The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Using Sponge Painting

This spring craft for kids involves two things kids love- painting with sponges and The Very Hungry Caterpillar! This caterpillar painting activity for kids is a great  project on its own and would also be a great addition to any caterpillar and butterfly units for spring! (I’ve also used this caterpillar craft to decorate goodie bags for my daughter’s Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party a few years ago!)

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 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has always been a favorite book to read to my students and kids at home, so when I came up with this caterpillar craft, I just had to make it resemble the caterpillar from the book! (Of course, you could make your caterpillar craft using any colors you’d like!) This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for your support.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Using Sponge Painting

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for Caterpillar Craft

How to Make the Sponge Painted Caterpillar Craft

1. Cut circles out of your sponges to use for painting. My circles were about 2 inches in diameter.

stamping with sponges

2. Squeeze tempera paints onto a paper plate or other surface that’s easily accessible to little hands. We used red, green, and a yellow-green.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

3. Dip the circle-shaped sponges into the paint and stamp them onto your paper to create a caterpillar. 

stamping a caterpillar with sponges

4. Use a black marker or crayon to draw legs.

draw legs

5. Cut off small pieces of black pipe cleaner and glue onto your caterpillar for antennae.

6. Add some eyes to your caterpillar. We cut our eyes from scraps of construction paper, but you could also use googly eyes.

add eyes and antennae to caterpillar craft for kids

7. Let your caterpillar craft dry completely. You can display it as is, or cut it out to display!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

Tips

This spring craft can be adapted for a wide variety of ages. Here’s an example of the caterpillar craft created by my six year old daughter. She did it all on her own.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

My almost three year old son made this caterpillar. He had watched me create mine and had my sample nearby to guide him. I’d tell him one step at a time, and he would do the tasks on his own. I had the little eyes pre-glued together for him so all he had to do with the eyes was glue them on the caterpillar’s head.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

My son LOVED sponge painting! He kept asking for more and more pieces of paper to paint! Our whole table was full of caterpillars!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Stamping Craft for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy

Like I mentioned earlier in the post, we used this craft to decorate goodie bags for Lucy’s Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party. They turned out so cute!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Goody Bag

What are some of your favorite Very Hungry Caterpillar activities?

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Painting Craft for Kids

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Comments

  1. What a clever idea, really effective. I could do counting by making the caterpillar longer too.
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  2. This is an excellent craft idea. I can’t wait to try it with my younger kids!

  3. This is very cute! I love the themed party too!

  4. Love, Love The Hungry Caterpillar!! We are definitely doing these this week with our Butterfly unit! Right now we have two caterpillars as pets and just waiting for them to go through their Life Cycle. Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop and sharing with all of our readers! I have featured your post as one of my favorites this week :) Hope you will visit us again each Monday!
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