Caterpillar from Egg Carton

2 Dec

Our very first Egg Carton craft. Ria was, at that time, very fond of her new book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – by Eric Carle. So I thought this was the perfect time to make a Caterpillar for her.

This activity helped her register the Caterpillar very distinctly in her mind.

This activity helped register the Caterpillar very distinctly in her mind.

Things required for 'Caterpilar with Egg Carton' craft are: an egg carton (the 6 in a row one), some paints, brushes, a bowl of water, black and red marker pens or colored papers for eyes and mouth.

Things required for ‘Caterpilar with Egg Carton’ craft are: an egg carton (the 6 in a row one), some paints, brushes, a bowl of water, black and red marker pens or colored papers for eyes and mouth.

Get your toddler/preschooler to choose their colors and paint the caterpillar. This step is to get them to know different colors. Not that we want to make our caterpilars into butterflies already. :)

Get your toddler/preschooler to choose their colors and paint the caterpillar. This step is to get them to know different colors. Not that we want to make our caterpillars into butterflies already. 🙂

Once the paint is dry, Cut the egg carton lengthwise so as to get 1 row. Make 2 holes on top of the first shell and ask your butterfly to add 2 staws in them for the antennae.

Once the paint is dry, Cut the egg carton lengthwise so as to get 1 row. Make 2 holes on top of the first shell and ask your butterfly to add 2 staws in them for the antennae.

Now add the eyes and mouth and the hungry Caterpillar is ready to start eating!

Now add the eyes and mouth and the hungry Caterpillar is ready to start eating!

That night, Ria read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' with her Daddy and her own Caterpillar.

That night, Ria read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ with her Daddy and her own Caterpillar.

 

Early Learning goes a long way in your child’s education and upbringing. Amongst the very important things to learn for a toddler or preschooler are hand-eye coordination, 5 senses, practice fine and gross motor skills, balance, and muscle development. A lot of this can be practiced at home with crafts and activities under adult’s supervision. Playing with colors, pots and pans, brushes, sponges, glue; reading books, pretend play, all seem like child’s play to us but are actually helping your toddlers/preschoolers develop their minds and bodies.

Please make sure all the activities mentioned in this blog are done under adult supervision. If your children are still putting things in their mouths, then avoid activities with small particles that can cause chocking hazards. Also, all steps in the articles that involves a pencil, knife, pair of scissors or any sharp objects should be performed by an adult.

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