How to Make a Fuzzy Little Caterpillar

This fuzzy caterpillar craft is perfect for kids who love making things a little bit silly.  Promote fine motor and sensory play, along with pretend play with this caterpillar activity. 

Silly fuzzy caterpillar craft - Preschool Toolkit

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Silly crafts are fun and open-ended. With a bit of imagination you can create anything from a rainbow spider with googly eyes, to a bubble wrap fish with waving fins.

Why we love caterpillars

Caterpillars are cute and furry and move very slowly, so it's easy to observe them in their natural surroundings.

It's fun to watch a caterpillar as it creeps along a tree branch. You might even catch one being a little silly - bending in the middle to lift its head, or hanging upside down from a tree branch! 

If you spot a caterpillar on a nature walk, encourage kids to observe without interrupting its natural environment.

Then recreate the caterpillar and its movements with crafts and activities!

This activity combines a craft with pretend play. Kids make a fuzzy caterpillar with googly eyes that can wiggle and bend and act a little silly! 

Supplies for caterpillar craft


Fuzzy caterpillar craft supplies - Preschool Toolkit


  • chenille stems
  • pencil or stick
  • craft eyes
  • glue


A chenille stem is the perfect material for making a caterpillar - it's soft and fuzzy and easily bends when it moves, just like a caterpillar.


Silly fuzzy caterpillar craft - Preschool Toolkit


Instructions for caterpillar craft

1. Wrap a chenille stem around a pencil or stick. Use one thick chenille stem, or wrap two chenille stems together to make colorful stripes.


Silly fuzzy caterpillar craft - Preschool Toolkit


2. Slide the curled chenille stem off the pencil.

3. Glue craft eyes to the front of the caterpillar.

Puppet play

Slide the back end of the caterpillar onto your finger to use it as a finger puppet.

You can easily bend the chenille stem to form different poses. Make your caterpillar act a little silly by bending and wiggling your finger as your caterpillar crawls across a tree branch.


Chenille stem caterpillar craft


Make lots of silly little caterpillars in a variety of colors for a puppet show with your friends. See how silly your caterpillars can be as they wiggle and bend and nibble on tasty leaves!


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