Make a Cute Caterpillar with this Build A Caterpillar Craft

Build a caterpillar craft printable spring templates - simple spring craft for preschool and kindergarten

Here’s another fun creepy crawly craft – make a cute caterpillar with this build a caterpillar craft!

This simple activity that is great for developing your child’s cutting and sticking skills, and an awesome chance to practice some pencil control and fine motor skills as well!

Before we pull out the glue sticks and colorful paper, here’s a fact for you: did you know that caterpillars have the ultimate growth spurt? These little munchers eat so much that they can outgrow and shed their skin multiple times before they snuggle up into their cozy cocoons. And caterpillars also have six tiny eyes on each side of their head, making sure they don’t miss a single leaf (or craft opportunity)!

There’s a color and a plain template – so your little ones can choose the colors and decorate their cute ladybug as they wish.

If you’re a teacher, this simple bug craft could also make a lovely spring activity for the classroom!

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What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?

build a caterpillar templates cut and paste craft (preschool and kindergarten minibeast theme pdf)

 

There’s plain and color templates in the pack

 

When making this little caterpillar, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some skills such as:

  • Cutting Skills – if you feel they’re ready, you can let them have a go at cutting out the pieces all by themselves – they’ll need to be careful and have good scissor control if they want to cut out the pieces neatly
  • Fine Motor Skills – when they’re sticking and picking up and moving the parts and placing them where they need to go
  • Pencil Control – if you print off the black and white version they can practice their pencil control and develop hand strength through coloring.

This simple craft will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to place the pieces exactly where they want them to go.

How To Prepare This Build a Caterpillar Craft

 

First you’re going to want to download the simple caterpillar craft by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page.

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Other materials you’ll need:

  • Safety scissors
  • Card stock or Craft paper
  • Some good glue
  • Some coloring pencils or pens

Once you’ve downloaded the templates, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card.

Then, you can cut them out. Or if you’d like your children to get some cutting practice, you can let them have a go.

Then you can stick all the pieces together to make your caterpillar.

It can be really nice to let you’re kids have a bit of free rein here and see if they can work it out – kind of like a puzzle.

If they’re struggling, the order I’d do it in is:

  1. Stick the antennae to the back of the head
  2. Stick the body pieces together – ending with the two smaller ones
  3. Stick the darker legs to the rear of the body pieces
  4. Stick the lighter legs to the front of the body (or they could draw the legs on if cutting them out is proving a bit tricky)

(I expect you could have worked that out but I do like to be thorough…)

The finished one should look something like this:

Printable caterpillar templates for simple kindergarten bug theme crafts

Lovely stuff!

If you want to, you could always laminate the pieces before putting them together and use them as a puzzle. That way, the different parts would be kept nice and they can use them again and again.

After that you’re all done!

Let your kids practice their cutting and sticking skills in a simple and fun way!

But Wait… There’s Also A Black And White Caterpillar Craft Template!

Black and white caterpillar template craft

I’ve also made a black and white version which would be an awesome way for your little ones to practice their coloring skills and personalize their lil’ caterpillar in their own way!

So why not crack out the pens, crayons, paints or collage (or all of them if you’re feeling adventurous) and let your kids get creative!

I’d love to see what they create!

I hope your children enjoy making this simple insect craft – be sure to check back in for more awesome printables.

Printable cute caterpillar templates for simple kindergarten bug theme crafts

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