Monday, June 6, 2011

Cute Caterpillar Craft Idea

Yesterday, at the children's museum with Sarah, one of the things we did together was an arts and crafts project. The project itself was such a cute idea that I wanted to share it here with you. I cannot take any credit for this creative idea but wanted to let you know about it should it be something you would like to try with your children. And, it's really easy to do.

It could be great as a Father's Day hand-made gift, as part of a birthday or anniversary decoration, place card/setting on a table, and so much more.

The children's museum in which we are members, prides themselves on their education around recycling. They even have an exhibit all about helping the environment including recycling with used items.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the main material we used to create the art project I am about to tell you about was with an egg carton container.

Below are the supplies that you will need to create at least one cute caterpillar:
- 1 egg carton container (a carton that holds 12 eggs makes 4 caterpillars)
- Scissors
- 1 pipe cleaner (Another idea I was just thinking about is you can use garbage bag twist ties too)
- Markers (while this project at the museum was done with markers, we gave it a try at home with paint. You can also try crayons, stickers, glitter and more to make them festive and decorative)
- Optional - googly eyes (we drew on eyes, nose and mouth with a marker)

How to make a caterpillar:
- Cut egg carton container into sections where each piece has at least three egg cups where the eggs used to go * You can choose to make a longer caterpillar if you want. Three is the suggested minimum
- Turn your egg carton over, trim the open side with scissors to even it out so it lays flat on a surface
- With your scissor poke two small slits/holes in the circle divot on top of the front of the egg carton cup (pipe cleaner/twist tie antenna will go here)
- Choose decorations and let your child loose to style however which way they would like
- Once the decorations are dry then have your child pick their pipe cleaner or twist tie
- Insert the pipe cleaner or bendy twist tie through holes from the inside out. You can choose to make long or short antenna and twisty, curly or straight, which ever you prefer

Sarah and I had fun making this craft project at the museum. And, as soon as Sarah showed it to Daniel, with such pride, he then retrieved an empty egg carton container from our recycling pile. When I asked Sarah if she wanted to do the project again she was excited. These can be great Father's Day decorations in lieu of or in addition to a card, good as place holders at the table and desk decorations.

I am happy to say I now have one of Sarah's caterpillar creations on my desk now at work each time bringing a smile to my face.

I hope you enjoy making this fun project with your kids as much as I have done so with Sarah.

Have fun!

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