An Easy To Make DIY World Book Day Costume

World Book Day, taking place on Thursday 4th March, is a celebration of all things books, stories and reading.

It’s a perfect time to commemorate children’s favourite stories and characters with fancy dress, games and craft activities.

So, to help you and the mini beasts prepare for the big day, we’ve put together a simple and fun step-by-step guide on how to make the Very Hungry Caterpillar costume, one of children’s literatures favourite characters!

First things first, remember the role play!

It’s always fun to dress up as your favourite characters for World Book Day. But, it’s important to remember why role play is an essential part of early year’s development, and how World Book Day supports this.

Role play allows children to explore boundaries, make sense of the world and develop their identities. Through pretend play, they learn to understand basic principles of society and how they function. They learn the essential rules and routines of everyday life.

It’s vital that children are given the opportunity to express themselves with familiar ideas and events through fantasy!

Now we know why role play is important, it’s time to get your caterpillar on!

You will need…

Step 1: Create 5x dark green and 5x light green circular shapes

First things first, you’ll need to create what will be the body for your caterpillar costume. To do this, you need to make 5x dark green and 5x light green circular shapes to form the body. You can do this with paper and using items like a celebrations box lid (a cheeky dip into the box is also recommended).

Step 2: Cut around the circular shapes

Once you’ve drawn your shape, it’s time to cut them out. Make sure to be very careful to make them as circular as you can.

Step 3: Glue the circular shapes together!

Now, it’s time to put your body together and glue your circles to each other. Make sure your circles are glued together tightly – you don’t want your caterpillar body breaking on the big day!

Step 4: Measure up and cut out a thick piece of red card for the hat

Next, you’ll need a piece of red card for your hat. Measure up how long it’ll need to be, then cut your piece of card out.

Step 5: Cut two small yellow circles and two small green circles and stick them together!

The next step will involve your light green paper, along with some yellow. Cut two small yellow circles, and then two smaller green circles. Stick the green onto the yellow, and you have yourself a pair of eyes.

Step 6: Cut out two rounded antennas

Next, it’s time to make your antennas. Here, you’ll need some purple paper to cut out rounded antenna shapes.

Step 7: Glue everything together to create your Very Hungry Caterpillar’s head!

Now that you’ve got all of your pieces cut out, it’s time to put them together and make your caterpillar hat! Start by gluing the eyes onto the base of the red card. You will then need to glue your antennae to the top of the card.

Step 8: Cut out two thick black straps to enable the costume to sit on your shoulders

Of course, your costume won’t be much good if it keeps falling off all day. So, your next step is to make some shoulder straps to hold the ensemble together. Cut out some straps from black paper, or other material that would be suitable, and glue them to your green circles.

Step 9: Cut out 20 black L shapes and glue them to the circular shapes, these resemble the Very Hungry Caterpillars feet!

Finally, it’s time to make some caterpillar feet. Cut out L shapes in your black paper and then glue them to the bottom of your green circles.

The Finished Product

Hey presto! Well done – your DIY The Very Hungry Caterpillars costume should now be finished and looking something like this – make sure you’ve got your book ready to learn all about the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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