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DIY Hungry Caterpillar Puppet 

An #Oskarslittleartists Activity Tutorial by Jana @Playroomstories, for Oskar's Wooden Ark

May 12, 2021

Here’s a fun craft activity for all fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Follow the steps below to create your own caterpillar puppet using recycled cardboard and our fabulous Kitpas Art Crayons. Young children may need a helping hand.

Don't forget to share your creations with us on Instagram and Facebook, tagging @oskarswoodenark and using the hashtag: #oskarslittleartists. We'd love to see your caterpillars!

Everything you will need to make your caterpillar puppet

You will need:

⁃ Recycled cardboard +/- 2mm thick
⁃ Scissors
⁃ Kitpas Art Crayons
⁃ Kitpas Waterbrush
⁃ Mod Podge
⁃ Hole punch or pointy pen
⁃ 19mm paper fasteners (6)
⁃ Black pipe cleaners
⁃ Skewer sticks
⁃ Sticky tape or hot glue gun

Instructions:

1. Depending on the length of your caterpillar, cut out 7 or more cardboard circles. Ours are 7.5cm in diameter.

2. Use your Kitpas Art Crayons to colour in 6 of the 7 cardboard circles in light and dark green. Create the head of the caterpillar using the remaining circle.

3. Use your Kitpas Waterbrush and add some water onto the green cardboard circles. Mix the colours to create a more natural colour gradient.

4. Cover all body parts including the head with Mod Podge to avoid colour transfer and to make the surface nice and smooth. Make sure the Mod Podge has fully dried before moving on to the next step.

Adding colour with Kitpas Art Crayons
Assembling your caterpillar

5. Use a hole punch or a pointy pen to punch small holes into the cardboard circles. The head and tail only need one hole, while the other circles require two holes opposite each other.

6. Arrange the seven pieces so that the first, third, fifth and seventh circle are above the second, fourth and sixth circle (see image).

7. Grab paper fasteners and connect two circles with each other.

8. Cut pipe cleaners into small pieces and fold the ends back on one side to create feet and feelers.

9. Carefully push two feelers into the head.

10. Push one foot into each of the green body parts. If your choice of cardboard is thicker than 2mm, you might need to add some glue so they stay put. If you do add glue, make sure you allow for some drying time.

Adding feelers and legs
Attach skewer sticks and enjoy playing with your very own Hungry Caterpillar puppet

11. Flip your caterpillar over.

12. Attach skewers on each end with the help of sticky tape or a hot glue gun.

13. Enjoy playing with your very own Hungry Caterpillar puppet.

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