Make a fun moving hungry caterpillar craft using old puzzle pieces! It is so cute!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle Craft
- Kids paint: Red, Yellow, Green, Neon Blue, Neon Green AMAZON LINK:
- Paintbrushes: two medium & one small
- 3 Green Crafting brads
- 4 puzzles pieces
- 1/3rd piece of a pipe cleaner
- Small 1/16th hole punch
- First gather the puzzle pieces together. You will need ‘edge’ pieces that have the ‘hole’ at the bottom, This gives like the caterpillar a flat back & little feet. You can also, simply cut the top ‘nub’ off to create the caterpillar’s flat back. Also, a rounded corner piece works best for the caterpillar’s head.
- Using the 1/16th” hole punch, create holes in the ‘nubs’ of the puzzle pieces, leaving the last one at the end without a hole. You might need a little muscle to do this depending on how thick the pieces are. You can also poke holes using a knife or blade.
- Paint the puzzle pieces following the classic Hungry Caterpillar color scheme: Red head & green body. To get the blended effect on the green body, first paint all the pieces green. Don’t wash the brush yet, you’ll need it later.
- Next, make a few dabs of neon green down the pieces. Then, using the paintbrush you saved from the green paint, gently paint over the neon green dabs going from top to bottom, blending them in.
- Repeat this same technique with the neon blue paint, but only add a couple very small dabs of neon blue paint. Again, blend with the green brush & let dry.
- Next feed a crafting brad through the top side of one puzzle piece hole, then through the top of the next piece – assure the flat sides are on top. Flatten the brad on the backside. Repeat for a total of 3 brads.
- Use the hole punch to create two holes on top for the antenna. Cut the pipe cleaner in half & feed each one into each hole. Twist each pipe cleaner a couple times to secure it.
- To make the traditional Very Hungry Caterpillar eyes, start off by painting two yellow ovals with the small brush.
- Once that is dry, paint green ovals inside the yellow ovals to complete each eye.
- Finally, paint around the puzzle ‘hole’ to make a mouth.
- You’re done! The caterpillar is ready to eat his way through one apple, two pears…
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