This Fingerprint Caterpillar is a fun preschool craft to pair with a Butterfly Unit, as a craft to go along with reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or just as some rainy day fun. It doesn’t take a lot of supplies to make or any special tools. Kiddos have fun creating the fingerprint caterpillars, using their imaginations and lots of color that ends in a lovely piece of artwork! Follow this simple tutorial to make your own!Fingerprint Caterpillar Kids Craft


Fingerprint Caterpillar Kids Craft


Tempra Paint
Black Marker
Googly Eyes


Place your thumb into the paint and create a thumbprint on the paper.

Repeat this a second time, creating a heart, which will be the caterpillar’s head.

Using your pointer finger, choose a second color of paint and create the caterpillar’s body by creating a line of fingerprints.

Using your fingers or a paintbrush, add in the background. Get creative! Add in grass, flowers, sky, maybe even other insect friends.

Add google eyes to the caterpillar’s face. If you do it while the paint is still wet, they stick well. If not, add a little glue to keep the eyes in place.

Set the artwork aside to let the paint dry.

Once dry, use a black marker to draw on the feet, antennae, and mouth.

That’s it! Your adorable Fingerprint Caterpillar is done! Do you want to know what is really fun? I used neon paints, which means our caterpillar lights up when you shine a blacklight on it!

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