Last updated on February 1st, 2023 at 05:42 pm
Make a caterpillar with our caterpillar template. This caterpillar printable is a simple and fun caterpillar craft to use while learning all about this amazing insect.
Ways to use the Caterpillar template
There are so many ways you can use this caterpillar template! It’s an easy craft that can be used for toddlers, kindergarteners and even first grade students.
Use the caterpillar template as a classroom resource
Use this caterpillar template in the classroom to assist in learning about the fabulous butterfly life cycle.
Learn all about the caterpillar to butterfly cycle and use our fun crafts to make this topic even more interesting
Check out our Butterfly template to use to make your own butterfly.
Also our Foldable Butterfly is an easy way to teach the 5 stages of the life cycle. Fold to make a butterfly, unfold to reveal the life cycle!
Use the caterpillar craft for party decorations
Having a birthday party? Use our rainbow colored caterpillar as free party decorations. Simply print out the colored caterpillar printable, cut it out and hang on the wall or as party of a birthday banner.
Use as a party or church craft to celebrate Spring
Print out a bunch of the caterpillar templates and have them as a kids craft to do when celebrating a birthday or at church as a Spring cut and paste activity. Celebrate Spring and these amazing insects with our free caterpillar templates!
How to use the Caterpillar template
Follow this easy tutorial for directions on how to create this caterpillar craft. First, lets go over the craft supply list for this caterpillar printable:
- You will need the caterpillar template! Simply subscribe to mrsmerry.com at the end of this page to get emailed the printable instantly. Simple use your home printer to print! Or jump on over to the library to print.
- White paper to print (it can be plain letter size paper). But, if you’re looking to make the caterpillar craft a bit more sturdy print on a heavier card stock paper.
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint sticks!
- Scissors to cut out the caterpillar (I recommend rounded tip scissors for kiddos).
- Glue, glue stick or scotch tape if you don’t want to get the glue out.
Step 1 – Color the caterpillar template
If you’re using the black & white caterpillar template the first step is to color the caterpillar with the kiddos’ favorite colors. If you’re using the colored caterpillar template skip to step 2.
Step 2 – Cut out the paper caterpillar craft
Cut out the caterpillar with those rounded tip scissors! Cut the head, body pieces and antennae!
I created the caterpillar template to be easier on the hands in terms of cutting it out. I decided to pull in the caterpillar’s feet into the body so they would live within the body and the kids or students wouldn’t need to cut around the feet.
Sometimes I don’t realize how difficult cutting out a printable craft is until I do it myself! So, I really wanted to make this craft a simple one for kids of all ages.
Step 3 – Glue the paper caterpillar craft together
Lastly, glue or paste the cute little caterpillar together! Use the picture of the caterpillar as a reference for direction on which piece of the caterpillar goes where. You can also use pins to attach each piece and make it a movable caterpillar!
Thats it! If you want to give the caterpillar backing (something to glue it to), grab a piece of green construction paper, glue the caterpillar on the paper and cut the construction paper in a shape of a leaf.
Get the caterpillar craft template
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Some of my favorite caterpillar books
There are tons and tons of caterpillar books out there, but here are a few of my favorites.
1. Very Hungry Caterpillar book
A true classic! I remember reading this when I was a kid and the illustrations and concept of the book still wows me today. How the caterpillar eats through those apples, oranges, and mountains of food! Grab the Very Hunger Caterpillar!
2. The Very Impatient Caterpillar book
I just love this book! My kids love it. I never heard of it until my daughter came home raving about how funny it is. Silly AND educational is a big thumbs up in my house.
Check out the The Little Butterfly That Could, if you dig this one!
3. The Book of Caterpillars: A Life Size Guide
My kids love to look at real pictures of animals, insects and aquatic life. It helps bring the topic to life. I simply adore this book due to the details crystal clear photos. And the best part? They photos of these caterpillars are life size!
Learn about insects Life Cycles
We have 2 printables that speak directly to life cycles and one of them being the Butterfly life cycle.
Butterfly Life Cycle printable
Our Butterfly Life Cycle Bundle speaks to the amazing metamorphosis that happens when the caterpillar changes to a butterfly. Learn with these various worksheets and activities all about how and when the caterpillar changes.
Frog Life Cycle printable
Our Frog Life Cycle worksheet visually walks you through the life cycle of a frog. From egg to adult frog. Learn about the 5 stages.
Whats included in the caterpillar template printable?
There are 4 pages included in this caterpillar printable pdf. The pages are high resolution (300 dpi) and formatted to print perfectly on letter-size paper.
1. Full (rainbow) color version of the caterpillar
This caterpillar template is already colored in! Just cut out the caterpillar pieces and connect by gluing the pieces together. Use the picture of the caterpillar already assembled as order reference!
2. Black & white caterpillar template printable
Grab your crayons or markers and color the caterpillar in your favorite colors! The cut and create your perfect caterpillar!
3. Caterpillar coloring sheet
Are you looking for just a caterpillar coloring page? Well, today is your luck day! A caterpillar coloring page is included in this free pdf download.
4. Caterpillar party decoration
This rainbow caterpillar is already colored in with beautiful gradients! Just print, color and cut out to use as party decoration. Hang on the wall or use as a party banner.
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