We love spring crafts for kids, and this is one of my absolute favorites! Children will have fun creating a caterpillar necklace while also practicing patterning and fine motor skills!
If you’re in search of a spring craft for kids with both a literature and math component, this one is perfect! Children will have the opportunity to practice patterns and counting in response to a very popular children’s story. (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for your support!)
If you haven’t already guessed from the photos, our caterpillar necklace is based on the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This story is one of our favorites! (Be sure to check out our felt set to go with the story.)
Crafts for Kids: Caterpillar Necklace
This craft for kids was very easy to prepare, and once your kids are old enough to handle scissors, they can do most of the work on their own. The best part of the craft is it allows your child space for creativity while also working on patterning and fine motor skills.
Materials for Caterpillar Necklace Craft for Kids
Materials for Dyed Pasta
- Cylinder shaped pasta (rigatoni works best)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Green food coloring
- Large baggie or bowl
- Cookie sheet and newspaper
Materials for Caterpillar Necklace
- Red, yellow, and green construction paper
- Dyed pasta (see directions below)
- Yarn or string
- Liquid glue
- Single hole punch
How to Dye Pasta
- First you need to dye the pasta and let it dry. I always love this process, and the kids enjoy helping with it!
- I like to dye my pasta in a large baggie, but you could use a large bowl instead. Put your dry pasta in the large bag. Add about 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol to the bag and a few drops of the green food coloring.
- Seal the bag and mix it all up by squeezing the bag all around. (The kids love this part!) Let it sit for about 15 minutes while mixing it occasionally during that time.
- Line your cookie sheet with newspaper. Pour the dyed pasta on the newspaper and spread it all out in one even layer. Let it dry completely. That’s it!
Directions for Making the Caterpillar Necklace Craft
- Cut out red paper circles about 1 inch in diameter. Punch a single hole in each one.
- Make the caterpillar’s head. (You can be as simple or fancy with this as you want. We tried to make it look similar to the caterpillar in the book.) Cut out construction paper face and glued on some eyes and antennae. Punch a hole in the face for stringing later.
4. Place some tape at one end of the yarn or string to make it easy for threading.
5. Have you child first thread a green pasta onto the thread. Next they add one red circle, then green pasta etc. forming a pattern.
6. When your child is happy with his or her caterpillar length, add the caterpillar head.
7. Tie the string together to form a necklace. (Cut off the tape).
- There’s no need to leave out the little ones. While we were busy making our necklaces, Theo practiced those fine motor skills of his by putting pasta on pipe cleaners instead of string.
- This craft would be perfect for just one child, but also easy to produce in mass for a large group of children~ a project for your child’s class or playgroup activity. When doing the activity with large groups, I find it helpful to place each individual child’s materials in his/her own small baggie.
Be sure not to miss our other crafts for kids!