Caterpillar and Butterfly Peg Craft

Last week we had a free day with no plans, so I asked my girls what they wanted to do. They replied “I want to make a caterpillar”. Ok, so “how are you going to make a caterpillar?” I answered. They said “we can get some balls and stick them together in a line, then put on some eyes”.

I love it when my children come up with the ideas themselves, it’s got to be the best way to craft. So here’s how we made some caterpillars…

Household pegs made into butterflies and caterpillars

To make the Caterpillars you will need:

  • Pegs
  • Pom Pom balls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

How to make them:

  1. Glue the pompoms in a line onto the peg.
  2. Glue the googly eyes onto the front and there you have the simplest caterpillar craft around.

These caterpillars were very easy, fun and encouraged a lot of fine motor skill practice. They also look quite effective.

Once we had finished the caterpillars, we started talking about the life of a caterpillar and how it turns into a butterfly. We read the book ‘the very hungry caterpillar’ to remind us of its life cycle and as it’s spring, we decided to make some butterflies too.

To make the Butterflies you’ll need:

  • Pegs
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Card
  • Pom Pom
  • Googly eyes


  1. Draw a butterfly shape onto some card and cut it out.
  2. Decorate with pretty patterns.
  3. Glue the wings onto the peg.
  4. Glue the Pompom onto the top.
  5. Stick on the googly eyes.

There you have your beautiful butterflies alongside your caterpillars to play with and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly!

We all had a lot of fun making these, there was no mess, they used their own creativity, imagination and fine motor skills at the same time as learning about butterflies too.

8 thoughts on “Caterpillar and Butterfly Peg Craft”

  1. Brilliant! Love that they thought of it themselves! When Boo’s a bit older I’m going to dedicate a cupboard to crafty stuff to have at the ready for requests such as this!! Love that you then made butterflies too!

  2. These are so effective. Potato is starting to get a bit more imaginative with his craft so something like this would be ideal!

  3. Oh I can’t wait til the boys are old enough to do things like this! The caterpillars look brilliant! 🙂

  4. Simple and effective, great idea. the butterflies would look fab hung in a row in my daughters bedroom, I’m off to buy some pegs, mine are plastic!!

  5. I LOVE that they came up with this activity, that is just brilliant! Your girls are following in your crafty footsteps 🙂 They look so cute too, so simple and effective, brilliant.

  6. a great idea! We love looking at caterpillars and butterflies so this is a great craft idea to introduce the kids to it.

  7. Grace says – these are FAB. What a great idea!
    Lucas says – These look awesome but I can’t make these. It would mean me using the Mother’s clothes pegs which would give her another excuse not to do the laundry!!!

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