This colouring page illustrates the life cycle of a butterfly, starting with eggs on the left and progressing through larva / caterpillar and chrysalis.
Caterpillars have one role in life and that is to eat! They start off very small and can increase their body mass by over 1000 times.
There are around 180,000 species of caterpillar and they vary massively in appearance. Some are camoflaged and others are brightly coloured to scare off preditors so you can let your imagination run wild and design your own caterpillars using our activities below.
Fun fact: a caterpillar has around 4000 muscles in its body compared to a human's 629.
Writing an acrostic poem with the letters CATERPILLAR is a challenge. The unlined versions of our caterpillar acrosic poem printable make good drawing frames if you prefer. There are 4 different pages in the one file so you can print the one you need.
Encourage the kids to get some reading done with the help of these funny caterpillar bookmarks! They print 4 to a page and look so cute with their heads sticking out!
Bugs and butterflies have huge kid appeal so they are sure to love our cute caterpillar colouring page.
Start younger children off with our caterpillar finger tracing worksheet. Colour the picture and then "finger trace" the letters to learn how to form them...
This is just one of a set of minibeast grid copy puzzles, perfect for keeping the kids busy during long summer days, perhaps! This one features our cheeky caterpillar illustration.
There is plenty of handwriting practise on this fun handwriting worksheet - featuring the caterpillar!
Mazes are a great way to practise pencil control and children are sure to enjoy helping the caterpillar through the maze to become a beautiful butterfly!
This triangular maze is something unusual. Help the hungry caterpillar through the maze to munch on the leaf!
Here's a useful caterpillar notebooking page, perfect for recording what you have learned about the caterpillar. If you choose page 1, you have space for your own drawings, too.
Part of our huge collection of cartoon animal posters, here's a happy caterpillar poster to print and display.
What wonderful colours and designs you can see on this extraordinary caterpillar! This close-up photo just shows what amazing creatures minibeasts are, despite their size.
This lovely caterpillar story paper is perfect for younger children - to inspire some creative writing.
Tracing around the segments of the body on our caterpillar tracing page will be a fun way for children to practise their pre-writing skills.
Children will need to use books or the internet as well as their own knowledge to complete this caterpillar worksheet.
These caterpillars look like they are having fun! This caterpillar card would make a fun spring birthday card, perhaps?
This caterpillars scene colouring card could be used as a thank you card or birthday card - but also for Mother's Day or Father's Day. Just print, colour and fold.
Here is a fun "scene" colouring page of two caterpillars enjoying each others' company in the leaves - possibly before munching their way through someone's vegetable plot!
This caterpillars scene poster is so bright and colourful you can't help but smile when you see it. Why not print and laminate and use as a table mat?
You could ask the kids to describe the scene in the picture before colouring it in, or perhaps make up a story - either is a good use of this caterpillar scene story paper!
Help develop drawing confidence by getting the kids to add n the details to complete the caterpillar picture. Don't forget to colour it when you've finished!
This dolly peg butterfly is quick and easy to make, but of course you can decorate the wings as much as you like and clip it up to display it! Instructions below.
This super caterpillar is a fun craft any time. Kids will love painting their hands two colours and making lots of different body segments! We've used the caterpillar to make a number frieze, too.