This caterpillar craft for kids teaches a necessary math concept: patterns! Patterns are all around us. The idea here is to teach our children to identify and create patterns.
Patterning is a basic math skill that needs to be mastered early. Our caterpillar craft follows the ABCD pattern. Now that my son is familiar with AABB, AAB, ABB, ABAB, and ABCD patterns, it amazes me how often he sees them where ever we go!
- patterned papers in spring colors or scrapbooking paper (this is what I used)
- glue stick
- circular object
- black marker
- one pipe cleaner
- Read a caterpillar book for inspiration: Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer, The Very Hungry Caterpillar or From Caterpillar to Butterfly.
- If you use a wreath form, wrap ribbon around it.
- Cut circles, three for each color or more. We used a glass for tracing.
- Practice setting up AABB, AAB, ABB, ABAB, and ABCD patterns with the cut circles. See second picture.
- Pick one pattern to continue into the shape of a caterpillar or circle a pattern around a wreath. Make sure to glue it together!
- Cut out to ovals for eyes and draw circles with a black marker.
- Fold one pipe cleaner in half and curl both sides.
- Hang on a door for display!
Continue the science exploration of the caterpillar with our Butterfly Life Cycle Activity!
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Happy caterpillar crafting!