Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Bend a chenille stem in half. Take each half and fold *it* in half, making a "W", as shown in the "Step 2" picture. Twist the stem around, leaving a small loop as the "foot" on the end. Repeat process with other half of chenille stem, as shown in the "Step 2" picture. Do this folding to all four chenille stems.
Take a chenille stem and wrap it between the pom-poms, as shown in the "Step 3" picture. Bend the legs down to they look like legs. Add a little glue to hold the stem in place. Repeat process with all the chenille stems. Let dry.
Cut the foam circle in half. Glue half the circle below the eyes as a mouth. Let dry. You"re caterpillar is now ready to display, give away, or turn into a toy.
Note: If you feel like making a snake instead of a caterpillar, skip the steps for making and attaching the legs. Just glue the pom-poms together, add the eyes, and let dry. Voila, you have a colorful snake.
Older children can use the caterpillar for a toy, but younger children should only use it as decoration. There are small or pokey parts (googly eyes and wire in chenille stems) that may injure young children if they play roughly with it.
By Aysha from Boise, ID
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Usually after we read a book together, the kids want to make some sort of craft relating to the book. We made caterpillars on a leaf and it's sort of like their own pet, but without the responsibility!