DIY: Springy Caterpillar Racers

Spring has sprung and that means the weather may be getting pretty unpredictable. That’s nothing new for us Ohioans. SPRING into this rainy day craft with us as our world prepares to bloom back to life.

Did you know that inchworms aren’t worms? Inchworms are a type of caterpillar larvae for geometrid moths. Unique among caterpillars, inchworms have three pairs of front legs and either two or three pairs of rear legs, but no legs in the center.  Check out our DIY springy caterpillar racers with the directions below!

What You’ll Need

  • Scissors
  • A marker
  • Strips of paper about an inch in diameter
  • A pencil
  • Tape


Step 1

Start by folding your strips of paper in on itself in square sections. Don’t fold it back and forth, instead end on end. You want your paper to be in the shape of an arch when unfurled.

Step 2

Take your paper and cut the corners off ever so slightly.

Step 3

Open up your caterpillar, and give them a face.

Step 4

Now it is time to create your straw. You will blow through your straw to make your caterpillar go!

Wrap a piece of paper around a pencil and tape it closed. Use the least amount of tape as possible! You can also try glue.

Now you’re ready to start racing!

Watch that caterpillar go!

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