The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pom Poms Craft

This Very Hungry Caterpillar pom pom craft is perfect for kids who love Eric Carle's iconic book!

It's a fun and easy project that can be done in an afternoon, and it makes a great toy or a decoration for your child's bedroom or playroom.

Perfect for a preschool study of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, minibeast theme or butterfly lifecycle learning in your homeschool.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

Turn this too cute for words craft into a fun afternoon with your child!

With a little imagination, you can make all sorts of The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed activities.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Can your child name all of the fruits and vegetables?
  • Make a game out of finding the fruits and vegetables in your own kitchen! See who can find the most in a certain amount of time.
  • Talk about the different stages of a caterpillar's life cycle. What does a caterpillar turn into?
  • Make your own mini-caterpillars out of pom poms!

Caterpillar Pom Poms Craft

This craft is inspired by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This iconic tale is all about a caterpillar who eats his way through a lot of different types of food before finally spinning himself into a cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly.

This story is special to so many people, and the illustrations are just as iconic as the story.

We love Eric Carle's work in our house, and my kids were thrilled when they got to make this fun pom pom caterpillar craft!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Learning and Fun

If you want to extend the fun with your crafting and reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there are lots of fun toys and activities to expand on the learning taking place.

We love the adorable The Very Hungry Caterpillar plush, the perfect friend to cuddle as you read along!

Older children will adore this reversible plush Very Hungry Caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly.

Metamorphosis without the waiting!

This The Very Hungry Caterpillar wooden stacker is perfect for toddlers.

It will help them to learn their colours and play with the principles of cause and effect as they stack the wooden rings in different ways.

For the ultimate The Very Hungry Caterpillar learning experience, grab this collection of felt pieces that tell the story.

Toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age kids can retell the story and even make up their own versions.

Make playtime fun with this gorgeous The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme picnic basket.

This one is so adorable! What a beautiful birthday gift for toddlers.

How to Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pom Pom Craft


Here are all the materials you'll need:

Craft glue


1. Print out The Very Hungry Caterpillar PDF template on green colored cardstock paper.

Cutt out the wiggly caterpillar base shape and the leaf shape.

If you prefer, you could trace the pattern onto green cardstock or craft paper then cut out.

2. Cut out a small round shape from a piece of black paper or card and 2 long and thin teardrop patterns from purple paper or cardstock.

3. Stick two googly eyes onto a large red pompom. Add the small black circle below the eyes on the red pompom to form the caterpillar's mouth.

Then glue the 2 purple teardrop shapes onto the top side of the red pompom, above the googly eyes, to make the caterpillar's antennae.

4. Attach the red pompom head to one end of the green cardstock cutout. 

5. Using the glue, add the green pom poms to the green cardstock shape one at a time.

Fill the entire green caterpillar shape with green pompoms.

For more interest, use 2 or 3 different shades of green pompoms.

6. Attach the pom pom caterpillar to a popsicle or craft stick to complete your The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet craft.

Your child can now play with the caterpillar pom pom puppet and retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

How to Use Your The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pom Pom Craft

This craft activity would also make a great addition to a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party or homeschool lesson.

Pom pom crafts are always popular, and this Very Hungry Caterpillar pom poms craft is extra special because it's inspired by such a classic book.

No matter how many times you read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is always a favorite.

This fun pom pom craft is the perfect way to bring the story to life and create a new Eric Carle fan in your house!

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