Paper Plate Caterpillar Craft

Have your kids been playing outside a lot this summer? They can bring the outdoors inside by making this fun, easy Creative Hands® Paper Plate Caterpillar Craft. You mostly need a small paper plate, craft foam sheets, poms and googly eyes.

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Paper Plate Caterpillar Materials List

1 small paper plate

1 green foam sheet (5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches)

1 red foam sheet (5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches)

1 yellow foam sheet (5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches)

1 orange foam sheet (5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches)

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2 small red poms (50 mm)

1 small yellow pom (50 mm)

2 googly eyes (1/2 inch)

1 bottle craft foam glue

1 bottle blue acrylic paint

1 paintbrush

1 hole puncher

1 scissors

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1 pencil

paper towels or napkins

How to Make this Paper Plate Caterpillar Craft

Lay down the paper towels and paint the top of the paper plate blue. Let it dry for a few hours.


Using the caterpillar template, trace and cut out six or seven body parts from the paper plate for your caterpillar, depending on how long you want your critter to be. Glue the parts together as shown. Let dry.



Using the template, trace and cut out six or seven pairs of legs in the orange foam.


Take the green, red and yellow foam sheets and punch out five to seven holes each, depending on how you want to decorate your caterpillar. Start gluing the foam dots to your caterpillar and glue the legs underneath. TIP: Keep paper towel scraps nearby in case you need to wipe away extra glue.


With the center of the plate—that should be the only part left over—cut out a small head or use the template. Decorate the head with 2 googly eyes, a small yellow pom for the nose and a red foam smile for the mouth. For the mouth, you also can use the template.


Using the template, trace and cut out the antenna in orange foam. Glue 2 small red poms to each end. Glue the antenna under the head. Then glue the head to the body and let dry.

Now your Paper Plate Caterpillar Craft is finished! What other critter could you make out of paper plates?


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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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