How to Make a Name Heart Caterpillar

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January 27, 2017

Name Heart Caterpillar - finished caterpillar hanging on the wallWhen 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

Yield: 1


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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. Name Heart Caterpillar - stack of colored construction paper one sheet for each letter of child's name and one for head
    Name Heart Caterpillar - cut the sheets in half and fold in half again, cut out all of your hearts at once or allow child to cut one at a time
    Name Heart Caterpillar - paper hearts

  3. Glue the hearts together, overlapping them by about 1.5 inches.
  4. Name Heart Caterpillar - gluing hearts together with a 1.5 inch overlap
  5. 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.
  6. Name Heart Caterpillar - cut out slender pieces of paper for the legs and glue on from the back
  7. 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!
  8. Name Heart Caterpillar - cut two antenna and small hearts for the ends and glue in place, add wiggle eyes, and heart shaped mouth

  9. 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.
  10. Name Heart Caterpillar - write child's name on caterpillar segments
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