Caterpillar seed head

This simple craft idea using an egg carton, pipe cleaners and googly eyes will get kids growing in no time at all and is a great way to learn all about seeds. And the best part is there is something yummy to eat at the end as well!

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Micro greens growing in an egg box caterpillar - an easy project for a child. Image: Michelle Board.
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I remember growing cress and mustard seeds in egg cartons (and egg shells actually) when I was little, so this project really took me back to my childhood. This was a craft that Little Miss and I did at a recent Argos Garden Party we attended with a number of other bloggers and it comes from Dawn Isaac’s book, Garden Crafts for Children (Dawn also blogs at Little Green Fingers).

We’ve used just radish seeds in the one we made, but there are lots of different seeds you can use; we also had the choice of dill, beetroot, coriander and rocket; but you could also try mustard, cress, alfalfa and many more.

What you need to make caterpillar seed heads

  • Egg carton
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Cotton wool
  • Sprouting seeds, such as cress, mustard, dill, coriander, rocket, radish
  1. Cut an egg carton in half, we used ½ dozen cartons, and paint. Then using a pencil, poke holes into each segment and thread pipe cleaners through, to make legs.
  2. Glue on some googly eyes
  3. Stuff each segment with cotton wool.
  4. Sprinkle each segment lightly with seed.
caterpillar seed head
Make a caterpillar seed head from an old egg box.

That’s it. Place on a warm windowsill and watch the magic happen. The seeds should sprout within three or four days. Just remember to keep your caterpillar well watered (we had to do ours nearly every day).

Little Miss was fascinated with watching how the seedlings emerged from the seeds and I must admit she even enjoyed eating the sprouts (she normally never eats salad of any description!).

See also my decoupage lanterns that we made at the Argos Garden Party.

Michelle Board

About Michelle Board

Michelle is a freelance writer and blogger and loves auriculas, delphiniums and tomatoes. Former web editor of the Royal Horticultural Society website, when she's not working, she is chasing after her 4-year-old daughter, Little Miss, and blogging about their days out at Michelle is the web editor for Richard Jackson's Garden.
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