Make a Caterpillar Puppet

Caterpillars are the larval stage of the Lepidoptera order, which includes butterflies and moths. The Second Floor Landing has a colorful display of these insects. If you like caterpillars, you can make your own fun caterpillar puppet!

You will need:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Pom-poms or cotton balls
  • Needle and thread
  • Googly eyes or a marker
  • Glue

Step 1: Cut off about 2 feet of thread and thread your needle.

Step 2: Poke the needle through each pompom to create a pompom string. Pull the thread through until there are equal lengths on each side.

Step 3: Tie the string ends to the ends of the popsicle stick.

Step 4: Glue googly eyes to one end of your caterpillar (or make eyes with a marker).

Look Closer

We use muscles and bones to move our bodies around, but caterpillars don’t have bones. How do you think they are able to move their bodies?

Check out this audio story to learn how caterpillars move!

Line drawing of caterpillar puppet
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