Toddler Tuesday, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Toddler Tuesday, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When I was teaching elementary school, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was always one of my favorites.  Even though my second graders were a little too old for the story, I still kept it in my library and snuck it in whenever I had the chance.  It’s the perfect book for younger age children because of the bright, vibrant colors and easy to follow test.  The Love Nugget LOVES this story right now and asks to read it quite often.  So of coarse, the teacher in me, had to pair the story with a craft because… it’s just to cute!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Handprint Craft

Supplies needed:

  • canvas or rectangular thick white paper
  • Washable paint in green, red, brown and yellow
  • paintbrushes
  • wet towel or wipes for easy clean up 🙂


Step 1 –

Read the story to your little one.


Make sure to point out the caterpillar on each page discussing the colors, the legs, what it’s eating, etc.  I actually read the story once then went back through and re-read it without stopping as much.

Step 2 –

The easiest way I’ve found to do handprints is with your little one on your lap painting the paint on their hands with a paintbrush.  The Love Nugget has done his fair share of handprints already so he’s gotten good at keeping his hand open and letting me direct him.


Step 3 –

Print as many green and brown hands for the body as you would like then finish with a red head.  For the head, paint their palm red and two fingers brown.


Step 4 –

Once the head is dry, paint the nose, yellow and green eyes on.

Step 5 –

Sign and date it for your little one so they can look back at it as they grow older.  Attach ribbon to the back to hang if you’d like 🙂


This was pretty simple and The Love Nugget was so excited to paint then see his final product.  He knew what it was right away and kept saying, “dadapider.”  Or caterpillar in adult English 🙂

That’s it for today!  We’ve got a busy day ahead of us so I’m off!

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  1. Very sweet post and I love the idea, one classic book and top of our fav list when the kids were young 🙂

  2. We read this book everyday. Isabella has been loving reading this book before her nap. She always points to the caterpillar. We are going to have to do this project. Thank you!

  3. How cute and creative!! I used to teach 2nd grade too and I’ve always loved this book!

  4. Such a cute idea! Keenan loves that book! We might have to make our own caterpillar!

  5. That was my FAVORITE book growing up! This is so cute!