Crafts for Kids: Caterpillar Necklace

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!

Crafts for Kids: Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace~ Buggy and Buddy 

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!)

Crafts for Kids: Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace~ Buggy and Buddy

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.

Crafts for Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for Caterpillar Necklace Craft for Kids

Materials for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace Craft for Kids

Materials for Dyed Pasta

Materials for Caterpillar Necklace

How to Dye Pasta

  1. First you need to dye the pasta and let it dry. I always love this process, and the kids enjoy helping with it!
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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

  1. Cut out red paper circles about 1 inch in diameter. Punch a single hole in each one. 
  2. 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.

Crafts for Kids- Very Hungry Caterpillar made from construction paper3. Now it’s time to assemble the necklace! Cut your piece of string or yarn to the size you’d like for your child. (I usually go a little longer than I think~ you can always cut it off 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.

Creating The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace Craft for KidsCreating The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace Craft for Kids  

6. When your child is happy with his or her caterpillar length, add the caterpillar head.

 Creating The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace Craft for Kids

7. Tie the string together to form a necklace. (Cut off the tape).

Crafts for Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace~ Buggy and Buddy Tips: 

  • 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.

Toddler Version of Crafts for Kids: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace~ Buggy and Buddy

  •  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. 

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Comments

  1. This is so cute, and I love the incorporation of patterning and fine motor practice. We’ll definitely work this into our spring theme or bug studies.

  2. Fabulous! I’m pinning this for when I have a Very Hungry Caterpillar party at the library. It’s one of my favorite books!

  3. love this, my son is beside me and said we should try that:-)

  4. We love the Hungry little caterpillar -just pinned it! SO cute

  5. Okay that is just very clever and cute! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  6. Hello, popping over from the GGIF linky. This is a great idea. We’re donig Eric carle over the summer, so I’m gonna steal this idea!!

  7. This is brilliant and perfect with World book Day coming up. Off to pin. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is one of my favourite stories to use with the children I work with. Definately have to use this as a follow up activity – just brilliant! Have shared too.

    Thank you so much x x

  9. Such a cute idea! thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  10. This is pretty cool! I like it a lot!!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  11. So cute! I love the hungry caterpillar. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library.

  12. Wanted to let you know I will be featuring this on Mom’s Library! Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is adorable! I am sharing it on our FB page!!

  14. Oh, this is just adorable! What a great idea, and perfect for the little kids! I am featuring this craft at the next For the Kids Friday link party over at SunScholars! Thanks for sharing with us, and I look forward to seeing more of your fun ideas!

  15. wowwwwwwww… I love this idea!!! thank you very much!!!

  16. This is such a cute & clever craft! LOVE it! I featured it this week at TGIF here: http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2013/02/tgif-linky-party-64.html – Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with all of us! Hope to see you linked up again today.

    Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  17. This is so cute!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  18. Love this! Thanks for sharing!!

    I would like to invite you to my linky party Thrifty Thursday!

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    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

  19. Super-cute! I love the hungry caterpillar!:)

  20. What a fantastic project. Pinned it. I’ll be featuring some of my favorite Hungry Caterpillar projects soon on my link party and this would be a great addition

  21. Great project, we are working on the letter C this week so might just have to make some pasta caterpillars!

  22. this is SO cute! I am doing a hungry caterpillar round-up post tomorrow & will be sharing your post there. Thanks for a great idea!
    teachbesideme.com

  23. Thanks for sharing! I just did The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and the class loved it… I’ve made different crafts in the past for this story, but not this one. I will definitely use this during our insect study week.

  24. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your necklace! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/very-hungry-caterpillar-necklace/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  25. This is SO cute and a great way to build fine motor skills! Definitely pinning this one!

  26. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    This is a really cute idea! Pinned it! Love it!

  27. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing :)
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  28. What a great craft to do when studying gardens, spring, or Eric Carle! How fun!!

    Thanks for linking up with The Thoughtful Spot!
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  29. Such a great idea and so much fun! Definitely going to make these when we learn about Butterflies! Thank you for stopping by and linking over at Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! You are featured as one of my favorites this week!
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  30. Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-Op, which I host on my site along with other bloggers. I’m pinning this one :-)

    Jennifer @ Generation iKid

  31. This is adorable! Pinning :)
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  32. This is very cute! I love the simplicity of it.
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  33. This is really adorable! We love the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
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