This cute Valentine’s Day Caterpillar is a fun craft for preschoolers! The best part – it can be thrown together quickly! You can use any colored paper you have on hand, cut out six hearts, number them and you are pretty much all set! I added antennae made from straws and googly eyes to make it extra fun!
Since I needed a Valentine’s Day craft for 20 preschoolers, I enlisted the help of my Cricut Explore cutting machine, which made this is a breeze! Not only did it cut out all 120 hearts for me, but it also wrote the numbers on them! Yay!
My favorite part of this simple craft is the addition of the numbers on the hearts. Any time I can add number-or-letter practice to my kids’ crafts, I do! You could do this same craft and spell out your child’s name with the hearts. I put my hearts in rainbow order as another way to help kids put their hearts in the right order.
Supply List for Valentine’s Day Caterpillar
- White piece of construction paper – mine were 9″x12″ white
- 6 hearts from different colors of construction paper or cardstock
- I found cardstock easier to use with my Cricut Explore
- Patterned straws or pipe cleaners for antennae
- Googly eyes
- Crayons or marker to draw in legs
- Glue stick and/or Elmer’s Glue
- *optional: Use your Cricut Explore Cutting Machine and a Cricut fine black pen
- In Cricut Design Space, I used the “shapes” tool to create 6 hearts, all 2″ tall. I wrote the numbers on hearts 1 through 5 using the font “Cricut Sans”. Make sure to attach each number to the correctly colored heart and you are ready to cut!
Start by having your preschooler put the hearts in the correct order using the numbers or rainbow colors. Have them glue the hearts down using a glue stick or Elmer’s Glue. Googly eyes and fun antennae can be added using Elmer’s Glue. If you’re doing this craft with little ones, you can always put the glue down for them and have them stick the eyes and antennae in place. Once everything is glued down, kids can use crayons or markers to draw legs and a smile! Kids can decorate the rest of the page with drawings, stickers or stamps :)
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