Let the bug themed activities continue! I’m really excited to share this one with you all. It was a big hit, even more so than the “What Letter Do I Start With?” worksheet, which was hard to beat! Making these Cheerio caterpillars is a great way to work on fine motor skills, and you can incorporate counting as they add each Cheerio.
This craft is so simple, and if you have kids, chances are you already have the materials at home.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Pipe Cleaners
- Googly Eyes
On one end of the pipe cleaner, create a small loop and twist the end to create the “head” of the caterpillar. I glued the googly eyes on 2 days in advance so they would have plenty of time to dry. If you have a hot glue gun, this shouldn’t be an issue, but you’ll still want to do it before your kids are involved. I also finished a caterpillar by myself in advance, so the kids had an example of what the goal was.
Jackson couldn’t stop giggling as he raced to put cheerios on the “caterpillar” faster than his brother and I.
This is a great way to get your kids excited about counting. Jackson asked me to count how many Cheerios his caterpillar had after each one he added, which was the perfect segue to a short lesson on simple addition. He was also interested in knowing how many more Cheerios he had added than his brother. (Boys are so competitive!) He was so proud when he finished, he couldn’t stop showing it off. He wouldn’t let me take the last cheerio off to tie the end, because he was so proud of every single one he added.
We celebrated by eating the rest of the cheerios!
This was a short and sweet post, but I hope you found it helpful. This activity is so simple and fun! The cleanup was not bad at all, and I would love to do it again. If you try this activity out, be sure to tag me in a picture on Instagram @MyMomtasticLife.