Create this cute paper plate caterpillar that is also a lacing craft. If you want to introduce to your kids how to sew, then this activity might be the one you’re looking for! What’s great about this activity is that not only is it interactive but also a fun way for kids to develop their patience and motor skills.
To make the lacing craft more interesting, this little project was inspired by the famous fictional bug, “The Hungry Caterpillar”. Children who are familiar with this fictional character will surely be interested in this lacing craft. All you need to do is gather a few materials and print the downloadable printable found below.
- Paper Plate
- Poster Paint – Orange or red, yellow, green or blue
- String or Yarn
- Printables (We highly recommend printing it on an A4 cardstock paper or vellum board)
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Cut out the pintables for the paper plate caterpillar craft.
Download and print the printable on an a4 piece of paper. We recommend a sturdy type of paper such as cardstock or vellum board.
Once the printable has been cut, you should now have 4 pieces of cutouts to make the lacing crafts. Set aside the leaf, caterpillar, and stem cutouts for now. Leave the circle cutout because it will be needed for the next step.
Cut some holes in the paper plate.
Using a pencil, use the grey circular cutout to draw several circles on the paper plate.
Please use the circle cutout from the printable so that the caterpillar can pass in and out the holes with ease.
Once traced, it should look similar to the sample image above. Draw several more on the paper plates. It’s up to you how many holes you want your paper plate caterpillar project to have.
Cut out the circles drawn to make the holes. You may use a cutter or scissors for this step.
The hungry caterpillar should be able to go in and out of the holes.
Once you have cut the holes, the paper plate should look similar to the sample image above.
Paint the paper plate with your chosen color.
Paint the paper plate with the color of your choice.
For this project, we used orange paint to resemble an orange fruit. Once the paper plate is fully covered with paint, set it aside to dry.
Assembles the stems and leaves to the fruit
Using glue, stick the stem and leaf to the back of the paper plate.
Let the glue dry then flip it over.
The Paper Plate Caterpillar Lacing Craft is almost done!
The paper plate fruit is now done! Besides turning it into an orange, you can color the paper plate in a different color.
Color it yellow to resemble a pear.
If you color it red, then the plate would remble an apple. It’s up to you or your kids what fruit you want it to be.
Attach string to the hungry caterpillar
Get the caterpillar cutout, a yarn, and a puncher.
Punch a hole at the back end of the caterpillar.
Tie a string on the end of the caterpillar where the hole was punched.
The caterpillar is very hungry, time for this little creature to eat!
Tie the other end of the yarn/string on the fruit and it’s done! Let your kids play with this lacing craft by inserting the caterpillar in and out of the hole like a needle and thread.
Another game kids can play with this craft is the patience game: Let the caterpillar lace through different holes several times on the paper plate . Save the caterpillar by unlacing it in and out of the holes.