Egg Carton Crafts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

img_9614-2Rainy days can be such a drag for kids, and parents. We all get a little stir crazy, especially if it rains for a few days consecutively. It’s always tough keeping Harper occupied all afternoon, on days when it rains.

We try to only have tv, either before nap, or after nap; not both. That’s not to say that we don’t have days where the tv is on from breakfast till bedtime. When I have a long to-do list and Harper is an emotional basket case (like, every Monday) we Netflix and chill ALL DAY! Cause you gotta do whatever keeps the calm going at home.

Lately, Harper has preferred watching tv in the mornings, so I try and plan an outside activity of some kind for after nap time.

Harper loves being out on the balcony playing at her water table, blowing bubbles, and tending to her flower boxes. Complete 180 from last year, when I all but had to pay her to go out there! These days, she has a meltdown when it’s time to come in.

With the weather finally starting to warm up here in New England (better late than never, Massachusetts!) we try to get outside every day we can. Rainy days tend to put a bit of a damper on outside playtime, and telling Harper there’s no outside time, goes over about as well as baptizing a cat.

I have been hanging onto about a dozen or so egg cartons, because we eat an extraordinary number of eggs, and I figured I’d use them for some kind of art project some day.

Well, some day was today!

My plan was to do the craft with Harper after reading Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. However, in a huge Mom-fail moment, I didn’t even realize that we no longer have the book. Harper went through a rough book eating/destroying stage; there were minimal survivors. So, we watched the animated movie on Netflix after bath time. Close enough, right?

The best part about this craft, is it costs no more than $5 to collect everything you need. Providing you have the book already, or you know…Netflix.

In trying to come up with some crafty ideas, a few weeks ago, Harper and I went to AC Moore and aimlessly walked about. We found all kinds of great stuff!

I got this package of pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and pom-poms for only $3.00! The paint set and the 24 pack of paint brushes were just $1 each. That’s it! Five dollars and an egg carton and you’ll be crafting away!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg carton (makes 2 caterpillars)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes*
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water cup for paintbrushes
  • Art smock/apron
  • THE BOOK! (or a Netflix subscription)

* You can just paint on eyes if you prefer, but I suggest, as adults, we take every opportunity we get to use googly eyes. Live a little, ya know?

I made a sample so she had an idea of what the hell we were about to do, because, you know, no book to read for relevance (I’ll stop kicking myself over that one eventually.)

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Instructions

  1. Adults, cut out the pieces for your caterpillars by cutting off the top of the box and then just trimming them up so they sit flat.
  2. Poke 2 holes at one end of each caterpillar. These will be for the antenna.
  3. Paint! It doesn’t have to look “the way it’s supposed to”. That’s the great thing about art, it’s all up to the artist; there is no right or wrong.
  4. Let them dry!
  5. Once dry, poke the pipe cleaner through the holes you previously made, and twist underneath so the excess is hidden.
  6. Glue on your googly eyes if you didn’t paint them on.
  7. Marvel in your success as a “crafty mom” and praise your child for being so creative!

That’s it! A super inexpensive, and entertaining, rainy day activity you can do with your kids.

We had so much fun!! I hope you all try this with your little ones!

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