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Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

This art project was inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To see all our Very Hungry Caterpillar activities, click here

With just an orange or Clementine, some paint, paper, and crayons, your young reader will be able to make a picture of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Oranges and clementines make great stamps for little hands; their large round make it easy to hold and stamp. If you use a clementine, you can cut it through the middle to make a circular stamp, or through from top to bottom to make an oval, which is closer to the actual shape of the body segments on the book's cover. 

As they add the facial features and hair after the paint has dried, your reader can draw in some leaves, some fruit, the sun, or any other details they want!

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps

Caterpillar Fruit Stamps


  • 1 Orange or Clementine, cut in half
  • Washable paint in green, red, brown, and purple
  • 1 large sheet of white construction paper
  • Containers for paint
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils


  1. Cut the orange or Clementine in half. Pour paint of each color into different containers.
  2. Dip 1 half of the fruit into the green paint until the flat side is coated.
  3. Make a line of fruit prints of the white paper to make the caterpillar’s body.
  4. Press the other half of the fruit in the red paint then stamp it on the paper to make the caterpillar’s head.
  5. Dip a finger in the brown paint, then dot feet on the caterpillar body. 
  6. Press an index finger into the purple paint, then press on top of the red caterpillar hear to make antennae. 
  7. Allow the paint to dry.
  8. Use crayons to give the caterpillar a face.  Use colored pencils to give the caterpillar hair on his body.

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