Egg Carton Creative Challenge


Big and Small's Hungry Caterpillar puppet

The latest Creative Challenge from Tinkerlab.com is using egg cartons to build, make, get messy and have fun with your kids and encourage them to be creative. As a bit of a blog rookie I thought it would be fun to get involved, and as Eric Carle is a firm favourite with Big and Small, out came the books and we spent some time together looking at how we might recreate some similar artwork and create a Hungry Caterpillar puppet. We had a lot of fun and it was great to do something as part of the online community.I prepped the egg carton by cutting it into pieces and then all three of us set to tearing coloured tissue paper. Armed with plenty of pva glue and some brushes, we all brushed on lots of tissue strips and once the whole house was thoroughly covered with gluey fingerprints we left them to dry. Big cut out some eyes and stuck them on and I used a darning needle to string it all together, with the ends tied to lollipop sticks. Small spent a good part of the afternoon running around with it! Junk modelling is a firm favourite in our house, though I’m sure I get some funny looks at the recycling centre when the sculptures eventually go!


  1. Oh my, totally ADORABLE! How sweet! I LOVE your caterpillar! :-)


  2. Adorable! We were also inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar for our project.

  3. This idea is wonderful! I love how it ties into Carle’s beloved book. Lots of teachers and parents are going to try this one I am sure! I am adding it to my pinterest board.

  4. I like the idea of pasting tissue paper on the egg cartons. The caterpillar puppet is a great idea!

  5. I love this – I haven’t seen a caterpillar made it way before and using tissue paper collage instead of paint is different.

  6. We’ve never painted glue onto anything – you’ve inspired us! :-)

  7. I love that you strung it together in that way. Very cool.

  8. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and your egg carton extension of it!) and I’m so glad you joined our growing upcycling community!

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