Make “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Inspired Fingerpaint Art

Very Hungry Caterpillar fingerpaint art for kids

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

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We love reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book in our house.

I thought it would be a great idea to do a caterpillar craft with my oldest son. I have seen a couple different ways to create your caterpillar but my son loves painting with his hands. I thought the fingerprint caterpillar would be our best bet.

Getting Started

I decided to add a little extra to my caterpillar craft. I made it look a little more like the book. Not just a single caterpillar floating on a piece of paper.

I used cardstock and grabbed all my paint colors for this one. I didn’t want them to start mixing together so I put them in an egg carton. It worked out great. None of the colors mixed at all!!

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Fingerpaint: Getting Started

Step 1 – Create Your Dots

I had my son create all the dots at the bottom of the page first with his fingers. I let it dry for about 10 minutes before we created the caterpillar so he wouldn’t rub the wet paint with his hands.

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Fingerpaint: Create Your Dots

Quick Tip: I had a wet wash cloth next to him so that he could wipe the paint off his finger after each color.

Step 2 – Create Your Caterpillar

Next, I had him dip his pointer finger in green paint to create the body (gently pressing his finger on the page). The head was next. We dipped his finger tip in the red paint and gently pressed down on the paper. Voila, a caterpillar body!

Side Note: Love colorful children’s books? You do? Then check out my “What Makes a Rainbow?” tissue paper rainbow craft!

Step 3 – Create Your Sun

Then we made that colorful sun next! I just had my son paint a yellow sun with his fingers and added a little bit of orange for the rays.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches

Once all the paint was dry, we added the legs, eyes and nose with a thin paint brush. Ta’da! All done!

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Fingerpaint: Finishing Touches

There you have it. A very “sweet” hungry caterpillar craft. We had such a great time with this craft.

This book is definitely a favorite around our house. If you have the book, bring it out so they can get a feel for all the beautiful colors and inspiration.

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