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How to Make a Name Heart Caterpillar

Your children or students will love making this cute paper caterpillar and adding their name or a message. This is a guide about how to make a name heart caterpillar.


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January 27, 2017

When I was teaching, I found that the excitement for Valentine's Day was second only to Christmas. Children enjoy the cards, candy, parties, and crafts that come along with the day of love. This particular craft is very simple, requiring only five items to create. Kids love choosing their own colors and writing their names on their caterpillar. You could also incorporate Eric Carle's, "Love From a Very Hungry Caterpillar", before making the craft.

Total Time: 15 minutes

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  1. You will need 1 paper heart per letter of your name and 1 heart for the caterpillar's head. Choose any colors you wish. To make sure all the hearts are the same size, cut each sheet of paper in half. Stack the half sheets together and fold them in half. Cut through the stack to create all your hearts at once. Or if you want your child to have practice, they can cut each heart out and you can trim around them.
  2. Glue the hearts together, overlapping them by about 1.5 inches.
  3. Cut out slender, rectangular legs from any color paper. Make them an inch longer than you want shown, so you can glue that portion behind the hearts. I placed two on each body heart, but you can add more if you like.
  4. Cut out two more slender rectangles and two small hearts for the antennae and glue them on the head. Cut and glue a heart for the mouth. Add two wiggle eyes!
  5. Use a marker and have your child write one letter of their name on each heart, except the head. Hang the caterpillar on the wall, like it's climbing all over! This really works well in the classroom! You can see mine in the main photo.
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