Caterpillar Marshmallow Painting


Marshmallows rock to paint with!  They provide sensory and fine motor benefits and honestly…I think they are just plain fun to paint with!  For this activity, you can use marshmallows to paint a caterpillar.

You will need: marshmallows (large and/or mini); paper plates; glue; wood craft sticks; toothpicks; scissors; and paint.

1.  Cut a paper plate in half.

2.  Glue a wood craft stick onto the back of the paper plate.

3.  Squirt small piles of paint onto a different paper plate than the one being used for the caterpillar.  Place marshmallows next to the paint piles.

4.  Encourage your child(ren) to use their senses to describe the marshmallows (How do they feel?  How do they smell? What color are they? etc.)  Remember, children are multisensory learners.  It’s a good excuse to encourage them to play with their food…at least marshmallows…today.

4.  Have your child(ren) paint with the marshmallows (they can use toothpicks or small sticks if they don’t like the feeling of the marshmallows).  Have them use the marshmallows to paint the body of the caterpillar.  Then use the mini-marsmallows (and/or their fingers), to paint the caterpillar’s face, feelers, etc.

5.  Allow to dry.

6.  Once the paint is dry, they can display their caterpillar marshmallow painting or use it for a puppet.

Some of our favorite children’s books about caterpillars include:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book 

National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

10 Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars


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