We’ve spent a lot of time outside this fall, and we’ve found dozens of woolly bears. They’ve been everywhere and Mary has done a good job moving them from the driveway into the flower bed. Today Mary really wanted to go outside but it’s rainy, cold and we’re all fighting off colds so I had to say no. Since we were stuck inside I asked Mary if she wanted to do a fun woolly bear craft with me and she said yes.
I had a few ideas to make our very own woolly bear caterpillars so I asked Mary what she was in the mood for, yarn or paint? I really didn’t need to ask, the kid loves to paint! I dug around in the craft room and found everything we needed to make an autumn woolly bear painting. It was too gross to dig around for caterpillars so I found one on google to jog her memory.
Woolly Bear Craft Supplies:
- Light colored cardstock or heavy paper
- Paper plate
- Brown and black craft paint
- Two sponge dabbers (these are the same ones we used for the Spider Party Invites)
- Red, yellow & orange construction paper
- Saftey scissors
- Glue or adhesive dots
- Lights draw a sausge shaped outline on the paper for your child, draw two lines to divide your sasuage into thirds. I tried to skip this and Mary was really confused, she’s only three and if your kids are older you might not need to do this.
- Put a small blob of brown paint on one side of the plate and black on the other
- Let the kids fill in the sections with the dabbers
- While the paint is drying it’s time to cut out leaves. Trace leaf shapes on the construction paper and have the kids cut them out. Mary is a really big fan of scissors now, I think this was her favorite part!
- When the woolly bears are dry have the kids stick the leaves on with glue or adhesive dots
**Woolly bear caterpillars are harmless, they don’t bite, sting or have irritating hairs like some others. They are very easy to identify and make a great nature craft subject. Look up dangerous caterpillars in your area and remind kids to look but not touch! There are some pretty nasty critters out there that look harmless.