C is for Caterpillar {The Ultimate List of Caterpillar Resources for Preschool and Early Elementary and FREE Printable}

Welcome to day 3 of the ABCs of Nature collaborative series hosted by School Time Snippets!

I’m hosting the letter C and I’ve decided to focus on caterpillars! Studying or observing the little wriggly critters can be great fun for young children. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is fascinating to them. We’ve raised butterflies before in our homeschool and watching and caring for the caterpillars was a great learning experience for us all.

For my contribution to this series, I’ve decided to gather a round up of caterpillar themed activities, crafts, and resources to help you learn and have fun!

Learning About Life Cycles

Edible Caterpillar Life Cycle from My Little Yellow Room
Caterpillar Life Cycle Animation on YouTube
Make Your Own Caterpillar Life Cycle Stamps from The Crafty Classroom
Caterpillar/Butterfly Life Cycle Handprint Art from Save Green Being Green
Make a Caterpillar Life Cycle Bracelet from Making Learning Fun
Caterpillar/Butterfly Life Cycle Puppets from Gummy Lump
Life Cycle of Caterpillar/Butterfly Word Wall Cards and Bookmarks from Preschool Mom
Life Cycle Plasticine Art from The Migration Project(scroll down the page a bit)
Caterpillar and Butterfly Puppets from Naturally Tasmanian
Caterpillar Life Cycle Lunch from Zoe’s Lunchbox
Caterpillar Life Cycle Masks from Primary Treasure Chest

Songs and Games
Caterpillar and Butterfly Fingerplay Songs from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Roll a Caterpillar Game from Making Learning Fun
Caterpillar Songs from Child Care Basics Resource Blog
File Folder Caterpillar Game from Kids Activities Blog
Caterpillar Circles and Sequencing Game from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
ABC Caterpillar Game from Little Family Fun
Feed the Caterpillar Game from House of Baby Piranha

Arts and Crafts
Caterpillar Art for Early Childhood from I Can Teach My Child
Cup Painting Caterpillar from I Can Teach My Child
Bottlecap Caterpillar from All Kids Network
The Very Hairy Caterpillar from Spoonful
Recycled Easter Egg Caterpillars from Preschool Crafts for Kids
Egg Carton Caterpillar from Elmers
Fuzzy Caterpillar from Formula Mom
Clothespin Caterpillars from Grassfed Mama
Marble Caterpillar Craft from Terrell Family Fun
Sock Caterpillar from Parents.com
Button Caterpillar from The Divine Miss Mommy

Sensory Fun
Caterpillar Garden Sensory Tub
from BabyCentre
Wiggly Caterpillars Sensory Bin from Handmade Beginnings
Playdough Caterpillar from Wiki Talks
Caterpillar Patterns with Pom Poms from Up and Running

Books to Read
I Wonder Why Caterpillars Eat So Much: and Other Questions About Life Cycles
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Lifecycles)
Ten Little Caterpillars
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Caterpillars (Peterson Field Guides: Young Naturalists)
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Other Learning Fun
Caterpillar Color Sorting from Toddler Approved
Felt Caterpillar Busy Bag from Toddler Approved
Fizzing Caterpillar Science from Toddler Approved
Caterpillar Counting from I Can Teach My Child
Caterpillar Crunch Beginning Sounds Sort from Playdough to Plato

Caterpillar Snack Wrap from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
Orange You a Caterpillar from Lil Snappers
Caterpillar Grapes from Create Celebrate Explore
Cookie Crumble Cheesecake Caterpillars from Hungry Happenings



This should provide you a good start in investigating caterpillars with your children! To add to your fun, here is a FREE printable showcasing the caterpillar’s life cycle in both color and black and

 Click the picture to download! 
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Graphics courtesy of:
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Have you ever raised butterflies from caterpillars before? 

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  1. Wow! Pinned and will be coming back when I need caterpillar/ butterfly activities! Great round-up : ) We have raised butterflies before and it was such a neat experience! I’ve been meaning to buy another kit, just haven’t yet… The printables look cute, too– thanks for sharing!

  2. That certainly is the ultimate list. I shall certainly be bookmarking this and returning time and time again. Thank you

  3. Love it! Pinned it! I’ll be using this this fall with Layla. 🙂

  4. So cute! Where was this roundup when we were doing a study on butterflies and caterpillars last year?!


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