How to Make a Caterpillar Puppet

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How to Make a Caterpillar Puppet
Allow children to view books depicting real caterpillars before puppet play. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Caterpillars can often be one of the first creatures children discover. Choose a puppet style that is age appropriate for the child who is either making the puppet or for whom you're making it. Younger children have just as much fun playing with green paper chain puppets as they do with more detailed sock puppets. Sock puppets are entertaining and easy caterpillar puppets to make. Use green, yellow or orange socks that are missing their mates and begin with your vivid imagination.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mouth pattern
  • Cardboard piece from cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Sock
  • Chalk
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Permanent brown marker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a large piece of cardboard out of an empty cereal box. Cut the cardboard into an oval or capsule-shaped piece. This piece will serve as the mouthpiece for the caterpillar. Cut it 6 inches long by 4 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Insert the mouth into a sock, which will represent the caterpillar, with the mouth still closed in half. The closed ends should be facing the toe end of the sock. If the sock is being stretched too thin, remove the mouthpiece and trim it to a smaller size with scissors. The mouthpiece needs to fit the sock snugly but not too tightly. Place your hand in the sock, grab the mouthpiece and open it at a comfortable position.

  3. 3

    Using the chalk, mark the position of the mouth on the outside of the sock 1/2 inch beyond the end of the mouthpiece. Cut off the end of the sock along the chalk marks.

  4. 4

    Remove your hand. Flatten the sock out so that the heel of the sock is on top. Trim away any extra sock material around the rounded portion of the cardboard mouthpiece 1/2 inch from the edge.

  5. 5

    Fold open the toe and the cardboard mouthpiece. The mouthpiece should now be on top of the sock with the top portion of the toe end folded up. Place a drop of hot glue in the centre of the lower edge of the mouthpiece, pull the edge of the sock fabric over the edge of the cardboard, then hold it in place. Use the same technique at the top of the mouthpiece, and hold the fabric in place until it dries. Place hot glue around the entire mouthpiece a bit at a time, holding the sock fabric in place as you go.

  6. 6

    Glue six poms on the sides of the sock, three on each side, to represent the legs of the caterpillar. Glue two googly eyes on top of its head. Mark the tips of the feet brown with the permanent marker. Add other touches with hot glue, such as a felt or artificial leaf in the caterpillar's mouth or a pink felt piece on the inside of the mouthpiece. Alternatively, you can colour the inside of the mouth pink to represent the tongue.

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