Spring is a season of new beginnings and what better way to celebrate than with a fun and educational craft activity. This DIY project involves repurposing eggshells to create a cute and colorful caterpillar garden that kids will love.
Eggshell Caterpillar Garden for Spring or Earth Day
Not only is this activity a great way to spark creativity in children, but it also teaches them about sustainability and the importance of repurposing materials. By using egg shells that would otherwise be discarded, we can help reduce waste and promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
We’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to create an eggshell caterpillar using materials such as egg shells, paint, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. This project is perfect for kids of all ages and can be completed in just a few easy steps. So, let’s get started and bring some springtime fun into your home with this adorable egg shell caterpillar craft!
Caution: Have an adult help you wash out the egg shells.
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- 5 Eggshells cleaned and dried
- 1 Egg carton, cut into 5 sections to hold the egg shells
- 2 Googley eyes
- 1 Pipe cleaner
- Black sharpie
- Small spoon
- Potting soil
- Seeds (ex. Wheatgrass, grass seed, chives, lavender)
- Spray bottle with water
How to Make An Eggshell Caterpillar Garden
- Gently crack 5 eggs and remove the top of the shell (ask an adult for help!). Save the eggs to cook for later. Wash and place the shells upside down to dry.
- Place each shell into a section of the egg carton.
- Draw caterpillar feet on each egg carton section using the black sharpie.
- On one eggshell, glue on 2 googley eyes and draw on a smile using the black sharpie.
- Gently spoon out some potting soil into each egg shell, then plant your seeds, as directed.
- Fold a pipe cleaner in half, curl the ends and stick it in the soil of the caterpillar head.
- Spray the soil with water and place on a sunny windowsill.
- Water daily and watch the caterpillar “hair” grow. You should see sprouts in about a week. Be careful not to over water!
Crafty Challenge: Try experimenting with different growing conditions. Place one eggshell in a dark area, another in a full sun, another in partial sun and place one outside. No eggshells, you can also use the egg carton. It’s biodegradable.
STEAM Stamp: Recording what you see is a part of being a scientist. Draw the changes you see over a few days.
This craft is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up.
The mess level for this craft is low.
Difficulty to Create
Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!
Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers
There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!
But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.
Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.
Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again!
These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!
Click here for more information: Play2Learn
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.