The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Things to make and do
By Penny Flanagan |

There’s something about Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar that really appeals to me. Is it the fact that the caterpillar eats his way through half the world’s food supply then does a giant burp? Or is it the lovely transformation from green grub to beautiful butterfly at the end? Whatever it is, it seems I am not alone. There are literally thousands of fun craft and food ideas all over the internet inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

If you love it as much as I do, here are some cute Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas from Kidspot:


Basic craftiness

The Very Hungry Caterpillar pom pom craft

HC pom pom

Pom poms are fun but the best part is using a hole punch to make the caterpillar’s bite holes.

Egg carton Hungry Caterpillar

HC egg cartons

Yes, where there’s toilet roll craft, it follows there will also be egg carton craft. Simple, cute and very satisfying for even the most craft-challenged mum and toddler.

6. Easy paper craft Hungry Caterpillar

HC loops

This one will appeal purely for the lure of the magic stapler machine, because if there’s one thing a toddler loves, it’s something that just might hurt them if they’re not supervised. Careful with those little fingers!


Messy (in a fun way) painting stuff

Hungry Caterpillar handprint art


Handprint art is good, messy fun (well fun for the toddler, anyway) and it also provides you with an artistic ‘growth chart’ of your child.  Have a bucket of soapy water and face washer nearby so you don’t end up with ‘handprint art’ all over your walls.

9. Hungry Caterpillar fruit stamps


Why not make the food that he ate as well? Fruit stamps are a ‘childhood bucket list’ kinda thing.


Even craftier things to make and do

Make a Very Hungry Caterpillar dress up mask


Book week? Sorted! Character costume party? Sorted. Just add a green onesie and you’re done.


Very Hungry Caterpillar party food and snacks

The Very Hungry Caterpillar toddler bento box

HC bento

Every so often, you have to ask yourself: how far is too far when it comes to trying to get your toddler to eat something … anything? If you’re into elaborate solutions, try this toddler bento box based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can add anything, as long as it’s in the book!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit and cheese snack


A bit less elaborate than the bento box, but just as effective.

Very Hungry Caterpillar sandwiches

HC sandwiches

Proof that once you start with this caterpillar caper, you see caterpillars in everything.  These cute sandwiches make a great party snack idea.


This article was written by Penny Flanagan for and has been adapted for

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