How to Make a Fuzzy Little Caterpillar

Caterpillars move very slowly so it's easy to observe them in their natural surroundings. You can gently touch a caterpillar's furry back, or watch 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! This fuzzy caterpillar craft is perfect for kids who love making things a little bit silly.

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 feathery fins.

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! This caterpillar craft is perfect for fine motor and sensory play. And kids can be creative with the colors they choose to make a fuzzy caterpillar. 

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.

Fuzzy caterpillar craft supplies - Preschool Toolkit

  • chenille stems
  • pencil
  • craft eyes
  • glue




Silly fuzzy caterpillar craft - Preschool Toolkit


1. Wrap a chenille stem around a pencil. I wrapped two chenille stems together to make the 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 stem.

4. 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.

Sillly fuzzy caterpillar craft - Preschool Toolkit

Other options for this activity include using one or more chenille stems of different thickness, and wrapping around a tree branch or plant stem instead of a pencil.

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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