Pretend play is good practice for a child's imagination and creativity. Reinforce this by making toys with them, like egg carton caterpillars. This activity has the added benefits of teaching them how to use scissors and strengthening fine muscles.

Why do it?

  • Being able to cut with scissors is a useful skill.
  • It requires coordination, strength in the fine muscles in their hands, and lots of practice.
  • Any pretend play encourages a young child’s imagination and creativity.
  • be creative
egg carton bee and egg carton spider
egg carton bee and egg carton spider

How to do it

You’ll need: An empty egg carton, paints or felt pens , things to stick on (optional)

  1. Turn your egg-carton upside-down and cut off the top and edge flap.
  2. Cut from one end to the other, to make two long caterpillar bodies.
  3. Paint and decorate your caterpillar, adding eyes and a smile.

Extra: Give your new friend a name and glue on wool for hair, or give him sticky up pipe-cleaner antennae.

Egg carton caterpillar #TinyAdventures (transcript)

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