How to Make This Simple Caterpillar Pattern Activity

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars.


My son and I loved finding black swallowtail caterpillars in our garden when we lived in Ohio.  We would bring them inside, along with their dill plants, to watch as they changed into beautiful butterflies.

We see lots of butterflies in our new home in Texas, but I miss seeing caterpillars.  I am on a mission to plant some host plants this summer.  I’m determined to bring the caterpillars back.  This post contains affiliate links.

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

Because I have caterpillars on the brain, I came up with a sweet and simple caterpillar pattern activity that you can create with your kids.  The caterpillar craft can be a great fine motor activity, counting activity, and patterning activity.

Caterpillar Pattern Activity Supplies

There is no need to plant any special plants in your garden to attract these cute creatures, but you do need the following supplies for the preschool craft activity.

  • colorful craft noodles (I cut them in half with a pair of scissors)
  • 1″ strips of thick paper or cardstock
  • small pieces of pipe cleaners

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

How to Make a Patterned Caterpillar

The great thing about this activity….it’s relatively mess-free.  You don’t need any glue.  Place a damp or slightly wet sponge or paper towel in the bottom of a small cup or bowl. Kids can push the end of a noodle into the sponge.  Once the end of the noodle is wet, they can push it down on the paper and it will stick.  Easy Peasy!

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

After filling the strip of paper with a line of craft noodles, kids can push little pipe cleaners into one end to create antennae on the caterpillars head.

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

Kids can make simple patterns, complex patterns, or they may choose to make no pattern at all.

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

They can also duplicate the patterns from caterpillar pattern cards.

This cute caterpillar pattern activity combines fine motor skills, math, and craft. Your kids will enjoy creating patterns and counting as they make caterpillars. This is a great patterning activity for your bugs & insects theme, butterfly & caterpillar theme, or spring theme units and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Works well when studying caterpillar life cycles and it's a perfect addition to a study of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. #preschoolactivities

Additional Activity Ideas

In addition to pattern activities, you can work on counting comparing length.  Cut strips of different lengths and see how many noodles fit on each strip.  Let your kids order their caterpillars from shortest to longest.

Additional Bug and Insect Themed Activities

Here are some additional activities for your bugs and insects theme.  Check them out in my store.

I hope that you and your kids enjoy making these cute caterpillar pattern activities.  Let me know how they turn out.  I’m off to scatter some milkweed seeds on the hill behind our yard.  Wish me luck on #missioncaterpillar.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


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