Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
This craft reuses egg cartons, which makes it a great Earth Day activity. I love that it is perfect for spring, easy for little hands, and adaptable to go along with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. It also makes sessions fun!
I did this craft with my younger students after I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and had them answer questions about the story. There are so many different skills you can target with this wonderful book, such as counting, sequencing, vocabulary building, question answering, and specific sound practice.
You can print a copy of my questions now and look for more related ideas and printables in the Picnic Basic Set.
Here are the directions for the egg carton caterpillar:
- egg carton (cut into a 3-cup strip)
- pipe cleaner (cut in half)
- googly eyes
- Gather materials.
- Have the child draw a smile and nose, if desired, on one end of the egg carton.
- Poke small holes where the antennae will be. From the bottom of the caterpillar, have the child put one end of the pipe cleaner in one hole and then the other end through the other hole. Curl the ends and bend them as desired.
- Glue small googly eyes above the smile.
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