As soon as I saw a tweet linking to the instructions to make this Button Caterpillar on the Baker Ross blog I just knew we had to make him.
Completely adorable and all you need to do so is a supply of buttons, a couple of pipe cleaners and a small circle of cardboard. The original design also includes some beads and some small googly eyes, but seeing as I didn't have either that were suitable I just made do without.
Little Miss C was just able to thread some of the bigger buttons on to the pipe cleaner, whilst I did the smaller fiddly ones and also finished it all off. Older children though should be able to do much of this by themselves without too many problems.
This is a lovely little activity for a wet afternoon and playing around with the buttons and pipe cleaners whilst we made this little guy also made me realise just how many other activities we could do with both. LMC's enjoyment in sorting out my buttons and lining them up either by size or by colour also made me think that it might be time to start playing with beads too. I'm not sure who's more excited, me or her!