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Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

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Are you looking for an easy craft for toddlers? I’m not sure about what happens at your place, but we go through a lot of eggs and in turn have quite a collection of egg cartons. This Egg Carton Caterpillar activity is an easy to set up and fun craft idea that allows us to repurpose resources that would otherwise be headed for landfill!

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Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg cartons are such a versatile resource. This simple craft idea transforms a once grey, dull egg carton into a bright and colourful character to add some vibrancy to your toddler play space. Why not utilise the entire egg carton and make a pair!

This activity is perfect to pair with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book too - the pop up version is available HERE


What you need to make Egg Carton Caterpillar

egg carton caterpillar craft what you need

How to make you Egg Carton Caterpillar activity

egg carton caterpillar craft step 1

To prepare your egg carton, simply trim the led and the other strip on the front of the carton. Then cut the wells along the length of the egg carton so you have two lengths as shown in the picture.

egg carton caterpillar toddler craft step 2

With care, use your scissors to make two small holes in the well of one end. This is for the pipe cleaner antennae to be poked through once your caterpillar has been painted. It is much easier to make these holes before painting, trust me!

how to make an egg carton caterpillar step 3

The next step in the most fun – pass your egg carton strip to your toddler and let their creative juices flow! Will they use just a few colours or all of them? Will they use the brushes or resort to use their fingers? Will they paint stripes or polka dots? Will they paint the entire length or leave some bare? There are no right or wrongs – only a good time!

egg carton craft painting it

Once your special artist has finished, trim two 5cm lengths from your pipe cleaner. Bend one end of each so they may resemble a cane. Poke the straight end of each into the holes you made earlier and presto! 

caterpillar craft for toddlers to make out of an egg carton

Your caterpillar is taking shape! Stick your googly eyes on and your Egg Carton Caterpillar is complete!

egg carton caterpillar painted final


My girls both loved creating their Egg carton Caterpillars. I love how our young people take so much ownership over their creative projects. This little project was quick and easy to set up and filled an hour beautifully! Dull, dreary egg cartons turned into vibrant masterpieces so special and unique!

the hungry caterpillar egg carton craft finished


If you enjoyed this activity we would love to see you share a picture in our Facebook Group. You can also follow along on Instagram for more toddler activity ideas. Follow @myboredtoddler and use #myboredtoddler 

If you enjoyed this egg carton caterpillar craft you'll love our other Very Hungry Caterpillar activities. 

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About the Author:

Dani is a busy stay at home Mum of 3 and early childhood teacher in training who is passionate about play based learning throughout early childhood. For educational play ideas that you can do at home and parenting tips visit Play Inspired Mum Check her out on Instagram  andFacebook