What little one doesn’t love helping the grown-ups in their life in the garden! This super cute micro-green caterpillar is a great art and craft activity, a fantastic learning experience, and creates oodles of fun with the short time it takes micro-greens to grow!  Keep the caterpillar on the kitchen window sill and your little one can each day watch their garden grow!

You will need:

  •  Scissors
  • 1 egg carton (half dozen size)
  • Green paint – buy a test pot from Resene Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Small bowl
  • Green food colouring
  • 3 eggshell halves
  • Paper towel
  • Modelling clay
  • Sharp pencil
  • 3 green pipe cleaners
  • 1 black pipe cleaner
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • PVA glue (white)
  • Cotton wool
  • Cress seeds
  • Small plate


Step 1:  Cut an egg carton in half lengthwise and then trim down the sides.  Paint one half green and leave it to dry.  This will be your caterpillar’s body.

Step 2:  Fill the bowl with water, add a few drops of the green food colouring, and drop in the three eggshell halves.  Leave these for 30 minutes to dye, then take them out and let them dry on some paper towels.

Step 3:  Put a ball of modelling clay inside the egg carton and then, using the pencil, poke holes into the clay through the sides.  Move the clay along as you go until you have made three holes on each side for the caterpillar’s legs and two at the front for the antennae.

Step 4:  Thread the three green pipe cleaners through from one side to the other so that the legs on each side are of the same length, and then bend them downward.

Step 5: Thread the black pipe cleaner through both holes in the front of the egg carton so that the antennae are the same length, and then bend them upward.  Glue the googly eyes onto the front of the caterpillar. 

Step 6:  Put the dried eggshell halves into the spaces along the caterpillar’s back and fill each one with a ball of cotton wool that you have dampened in a bowl of clean water.

Step 7:  Empty some microgreen seeds onto a small plate and, once all of the damp absorbent cotton wool balls are in place, carefully sprinkle the seeds on top of the balls. 

You should see the microgreen seeds germinating and your crop of microgreens will be ready to cut and eat two to three weeks after sowing.

Tip:  Add a little water to the eggshells every day to ensure that the cotton wool does not dry out.

Credits: Instructions and images from “Garden Crafts for Children: 35 Fun Projects for Children to Sow, Grow and Make” by Dawn Isaac