Spring is in the air and kids are starting to see the plants grow – but ARGH!!!!
The tantrums when you have toddlers and they don’t grow quick enough. This Cress Caterpillar the kids from toddler up can make from items in your junk model box is a perfect solution and although we used Cress Seeds you could do the same with grass seeds or quick growing sprouts like alfalfa or mustard seeds.
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This is an activity I remember doing back when I was a child with my mum and loved it then – cress I believe is sprouting seeds or mustard seeds in the US and this can even be done with grass seeds it’s a simple fun Spring craft, growing experiment for kids.
What you need to make a Cress Caterpillar
Cress Seeds/Mustard/Grass or Sprouting Seeds
How you make a Cress Caterpillars
Start off by cutting the egg carton into a strip – we kept true to insects with cutting into 3 segments for the caterpillars body but you could make your caterpillars as long as you want. I then let J and T go and paint the bodies.
One of my top tips for crafting with 2 toddlers/preschoolers is to provide each with their own paint palette and paint selections – that way you reduce your stress levels as the two argue less over the paints and in our case the older doesn’t get annoyed with the younger when they mix up all of the paints instead of keeping them separate.
Once they had finished painting the caterpillar body we put it aside to dry and we set about creating the caterpillar heads – using a small bowl J helped me draw around the bowl onto craft foam and then I cut it out for the two. They then set about adding Googly eyes to the face.
Once the eyes are in place with a black marker they drew some mouths on. We then stuck the faces to the front of the caterpillars bodies once dry.
Filling each of the body cavities of the caterpillar with cotton wool we then sprayed with some water from a spray bottle.
Then sprinkled on the cress seeds onto the cotton wool ball and have put them onto our Nature Table Window Sill to grow.