We made a caterpillar out of the old egg carton. Cut the carton into two strips, lengthwise. This way you could potentially end up with two caterpillars! Paint “the body” with green water-soluble paint and the head with a red water-soluble paint. Add a twistie for horns ( poke a hole through caterpillar’s head, so that you could thread it) and make eyes and mouth out of play dough.
This project would even work for toddlers, it is that simple! My friend, who is also a teacher, suggested we wrap our caterpillar in plastic and hang him from the ceiling for a few days. Then, a few days later, he should magically emerge from his cocoon as a butterfly with wings! Our caterpillar is still hanging from the ceiling, but I love the educational value of such an easy project. I also enjoyed the fact that I could engage my twins into our caterpillar play: they loved reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and looking at pictures.