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Introduce your students to the fun of reusing and recyclingówith this creative Earth Day project!

This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 1st grade / 3 - 6 years

You will need:


  1. Give each student an egg-carton strip.
  2. Invite students to select a pair of wiggly eyes, two pipe stems and some flexible shapes to decorate their caterpillars.
  3. Instruct students to glue the pair of wiggly eyes onto the front of the caterpillar.
  4. Help students stick the pipe stems into the carton strip above the eyes. (You may need to use scissors to poke holes in the carton strip first. Pull the pipe stem through the hole and bend the end of the pipe stem to secure it.) Invite students to twist, bend or curl the pipe stems to form antennae.
  5. Encourage students to use the flexible shapes to decorate the caterpillar!
  6. Students can use their completed caterpillars as garden decorations at home or desktop decorations at school!


These caterpillars are perfect for exploring nonstandard measurement—hands on! Divide students into pairs and have them take turns measuring their partners’ arms and legs by lining up the caterpillars end to end. They can even use their caterpillars to measure the lengths of tables, desks or classroom chalkboards!

Special Days

November Holidays
Turkey Trot Relay Game
Fall Table Settings
Turkey Plate
Veterans Day Flag
Pattern Block Turkeys
Turkey Table Toppers
Being Thankful Sunflowers
Native American Rattles
Colorful Napkin Rings
Pilgrim Hats
Turkey Place Card Holders
Colorful Cornucopia
Turkey Handprint Apron
Turkey Memory Match-Ups
Remember the Day in Photos
Pin the Tail on the Turkey
Thanksgiving Table Art
“A Festive Feast” Brain Teaser Game
Terrific Turkey Centerpiece

December Holidays
Hanging Holiday Symbols
Peppermint Candy Handprint Plates
Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Decorative Gift Tags
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

January Holidays
“I Have a Dream” Quilt
Party Masks
New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
Sharing the Dream of Dr. King

February Holidays
Presidents’ Day Puppet & Poem
Giant Valentine
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year Drums
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
Valentine Mobile
Valentine’s Day Card
Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe
Love Bug
Valentine Mailbox
Cup of Cocoa Valentine’s
Day Card

Valentine Necklace
Valentine Caterpillar
Valentine Learning Centers
Patriotic Pencil Holders
Presidents’ Day Masks

March Holidays
Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
“Red Fish, Blue Fish” Fishbowl
Leprechaun Hat Pencil Holder
Saint Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Card
Shimmering Shamrocks
Shamrock Door Hanger
Leprechaun Hunt

Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
Recycled Robots
Caterpillar Garden Critters
Reusable Earth Day Bags

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Puzzle Photo Frame
3-D Mother’s Day Card
Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Bouquet
Mother’s Day Teacup Cards
Mother’s Day Card
Bear Hug Mother’s Day Card
May Day Basket

Father’s Day
Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Trophy
Father’s Day Frames
Father’s Day CD Photo Coaster
Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card

Patriotic Holidays
Star-Studded Napkin Rings
Patriotic Noisemakers
Foam Star Paper Chains
A Flag Day Parade
Independence Day Drum
Fourth of July Firecrackers
Uncle Sam Hat
Star-Spangled Shaker
Stars & Stripes Place Mat

September Holidays
Grandparents Day Card

October Holidays
Spooky Spiders
Halloween Countdown Calendar
Handprint Bat Hats
Jack-O’-Lantern Jars
Giant Pumpkin
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