Spread your wings and fly

A few days ago, we turned an egg carton into Eric Carle’s Very Hunry Caterpillar. Today, he grew multicoloured paper plate wings and transformed into a beautiful butterfly! 

What we used:

  • Paper plate
  • Kids craft paint
  • Foam sponge painting tool
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Adhesive rhinestones
  • Adhesive googly eyes
  • Circle sticker, cut into a crescent shape for mouth


  1. Fold the paper plate in half, then draw a butterfly wing and cut it out while the plate is still folded so that you have two symmetrical wings.
  2. Set out your paints and tools (sponges, brushes, etc.) and paint the wings. I tried to use it as an opportunity to teach my daughter about symmetry so whenever she put a spot on one side, I tried to encourage her to do the same on the other wing. If you have an “independent” toddler like mine, good luck!
  3. Wait for the paint to dry, then tape your egg carton caterpillar down the centre. If you haven’t made the egg carton caterpillar, you could use any piece of card or craft wood shaped like a butterfly body. Note, you may have to remove a couple of the egg cups from the caterpillar’s body to fit the paper plate wings.
  4. Stick on your eyes, mouth, any embellishments (we used rhinestones).



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