Egg Carton Caterpillar


By Caitlin Murray Giles


These little critters are an easy project for preschool-aged children.


  • One cardboard egg carton (Styrofoam egg cartons will not work for this project)
  • Poster paints
  • Paint brush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Adhesive "googly" eyes (optional)
  • Glitter glue or other embellishments (optional)


  1. Cut the top off an egg carton and recycle or save for another use.
  2. Cut the bottom part of the carton down the middle into two even rows.
  3. Paint each "caterpillar" whatever colors you choose and let dry. Use glitter or other embellishments to decorate. Decide which side is going to be the "head" of your caterpillar and poke two holes for antennae.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner into a two 3-inch pieces. Knot each piece at the end and poke through the holes, bending to form antennae. Attach two adhesive eyes or draw in your own eyes. Set these creepy crawlers loose in your backyard garden.
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