This adorable Valentine’s Day caterpillar craft is a perfect quick and easy way to celebrate the holiday.
You can easily adapt this craft for different age groups making it suitable for toddlers and older kids as well.
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This craft can just be a quick cute activity or easily turned into a little holiday card for parents or other family members.
- white cardstock or construction paper
- pink/red paper or paper hearts
- glue stick
- black marker
- Optional: googly eyes
- Optional: heart rhinestones (Find at Amazon)
1 – Gather your hearts.
You will need 6 or more hearts in various shades of pink, red, or other Valentine’s day colors for this craft. (Our hearts were about 2″ across and 1.75″ tall).
If you’re doing this with just a few kids or the kids are old enough to cut out their own hearts you can use a heart template and cardstock or construction paper to make your own paper hearts.
Feel free to use our small hearts as a template! Click the image to print.
I cut our hearts out of this small book of cardstock paper I grabbed at Michaels. The pieces were just the right size.
If you are doing this with an entire class, especially if they are preschool age, I recommend buying some paper hearts to save time.
If you want to quickly make your own hearts you could also pick up a heart shaped hole punch!
2 – Glue the hearts to a background page.
We used a plain piece of white cardstock for our background but you could use any color of paper you like for your background.
The first heart should be a bit higher than the rest since it’s the head. Each heart should slightly overlap the previous one.
Try tilting them in slight different directions.
3 – Add the details.
Grab a black marker or gel pen and add details to your caterpillar. Add 1-2 legs under each heart, eyes and a mouth, and two antennae.
4 – Add some extras.
Add googly eyes if you like and some hearts to the end of the antennae. We used rhinestone hearts but you could cut small hearts out of paper as well.
5 – Optional: Add a message.
You can add a simple message to your craft if you like. We wrote Happy Valentine’s Day on ours.
Kids may also want to draw a little scene on the paper to go with their creation.
Want to add an extra layer of learning to this Valentine’s Day craft? Write a letter of the child’s name on each heart. You may need to use extra hearts or put two letters on some pieces if the name is long.
Have the child put the hearts in the correct order before they glue them on.
CALL TO ACTION – Use reuseable block maybe?
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