This pom pom caterpillar to butterfly craft is part of our Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme. We started by making a clothespin caterpillar with pom poms, and then turned it into a colorful butterfly making it the perfect book-related activity!
Clothespin Caterpillar to Colorful Butterfly Craft
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First, my son colored with markers onto a paper towel. Then, I placed it on an old baking sheet that we use specifically for crafts and my son sprayed it with water. He loved watching the colors bleed into each other creating a cool tie-dye look! He also observed how the colors change when two of them blend in with each other. Set aside to dry.
While the paper towel was drying, I helped my little guy make the clothespin caterpillar. He chose 4 red pom poms which he then glued them to the clothespin. To finish, I glued on 2 little pipe cleaner antennae. You could also make eyes and a mouth with puffy paint.
He played with the caterpillar while reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It’s fun to have the pom pom caterpillar munch on things like in the book. For a snack, try making this The Very Hungry Caterpillar Snack.
Of course at the end of the book, the caterpillar turns into a butterfly……
…. so, we turned our caterpillar into a butterfly by placing the colored paper towel inside the clothespin. To do this, I grabbed the paper towel in the middle, twisted it, and placed it inside the clothespin where the hole is.
For another craft idea, check out the colorful handprint butterfly.
My toddler absolutely loved this project! His favorite part of the book is when the caterpillar gets so big and turns into a butterfly and this was a great project to showcase that. He’s so funny, I caught him flying his butterfly like a paper airplane!
More Caterpillar and Butterfly Crafts for Kids
Check out these awesome posts from The Virtual Book Club for more on this theme:
- Easy Sparkly Spin Art Butterflies – Toddler Approved
- Caterpillar to Chrysalis to Butterfly Craft – Mama Smiles
- Exploring Shapes on Mats with a Butterfly Theme – J Daniel4’s Mom
- Butterfly Food Sensory Challenge – Preschool Powol Packets
- Caterpillar to Butterfly Science Activity with Balloons – The Educators’ Spin On It
*Originally posted 4/3/2011, Updated 4/20/17; Big Brother: 3 years old