Transform the Fuzzy Caterpillar into a Beautiful Butterfly

This furry caterpillar is fun to make with a clothespin. The caterpillar can easily transform into a beautiful butterfly with two simple steps. 

caterpillar to butterfly craft for kids

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Welcome summer......and all the bugs that come with it!

Bugs in all shapes and sizes crawl and fly about in our yard all summer long. Most are harmless (beware the bee sting!) and some are cute (did you see the ladybug?).

Explore the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly with this simple craft.

This activity promotes gross motor movement. Kids can crawl like a caterpillar, crouch low and squeeze arms and legs in tight for a cocoon, then spread wings and swoop up and down like a butterfly.

Caterpillar to butterfly activity

Kids and grownups alike are awed by the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. This is an interesting study you might consider for your curriculum through videos, picture books and hands-on experiences.

Caterpillars are one of the most obliging insects to be observed - they move slowly, they're very quiet and they're not afraid to crawl over your hand. Butterflies, on the other hand, like to flit and fly at a moment's notice.

This activity can help explore butterflies and caterpillars with early learners.

Supplies for caterpillar to butterfly craft


caterpillar and butterfly craft supplies



  • tissue paper
  • large clothespin


 Caterpillar and butterfly transformation activity




Caterpillat craft with pompoms and clothespin


1. Paint the clothespin green.                    
2. Glue pompoms to the clothespin.       
3. Open the clothespin.                           
4. Insert chenille stem. Bend tips to form the antenna.


Butterfly craft with tissue paper wings

1. Cut large wing shape from tissue paper. This can be one long piece with wing shapes on either end.
2. Open the caterpillar clothespin and insert the wings.



caterpillar to butterfly preschool craft


Butterfly and Caterpillar on Pinterest


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