Preschool Easter – Caterpillars and Wordless Bible

A while ago, we picked up a wordless Bible at the Christian store. I knew I’d use them for something eventually. I pulled one out the other day and unfolded it and… hey! It looks like a caterpillar! We had just been reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I was inspired!

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I searched high and low (for five whole minutes) but didn’t find any caterpillar wordless Bible printouts. So I drew and colored my own and made copies for the kids. There really is something therapeutic about using crayons.  

You know you’re a real (wound up) homeschool mom when you stay up until midnight making your own printables because nothing is “just right”. It is available below to download if you’d like to use it, too!

Each section of the caterpillar represents a different part of the gospel story, which, after all, IS the Easter story.

Your kids can color them in and/or put a short description of the meaning. Below, I added the hill of calvary and the empty tomb.

  • Sin – black/gray
  • Jesus – red
  • Clean heart – white/silver
  • Baptism – blue
  • Grow – green
  • Heaven – yellow

I also decided to teach the kids to respond to “He is risen!” with “He is risen indeed!” and added that in the poster as well.

Caterpillar Preschool Wordless Book

Click here to download the caterpillar Easter page.
(2/7/20 update: I wrote this post in 2012! Whew! Lol! I just updated the printable so it’s not just a scanned hand-drawn picture. Hope it’s a blessing to you!)

First I explained the concept of the wordless Bible and told the story using the ones I’d purchased.

  • Sin – We all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Our sin separates us from God and brings spiritual and physical death. We can’t get rid of sin on our own. We need a Savior!
  • Jesus – God loved us so much He came to earth in the Person of Jesus as a little baby. Jesus grew up and led the perfect life we cannot live. He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin. Then He rose again and conquered sin and death forever!
  • Clean Heart – All who turn away from their sin, put their faith in Jesus as their Savior, and confess with their mouths that He is the Christ are saved! We are given clean hearts and the Holy Spirit to help us live for Jesus. 
  • Baptism – Those who have put their faith in Christ follow His example and are baptized, publicly declaring that they are disciples of Christ. The old self is gone and the new has come – God has made us a new creation in Christ! 
  • Grow – The Holy Spirit works in our hearts, changing us from the inside out to be more and more like Jesus until the day we see Him face to face! 
  • Heaven – Those who are in Christ will live forever with Him in heaven! One day, Jesus will return to earth and restore all creation. Jesus is King, and His kingdom reigns forever! Amen. 

Then I gave them each a bowl of pompoms from the dollar store, making sure that all of the needed colors were in each bowl. We worked through the story all together, choosing and glueing the correct color pompom to each section.

Then we did a caterpillar/butterfly craft.

Cocoon. Each kid got a toilet paper tube. I had selected some papers beforehand and drew dashed lines where they’d need to cut. They chose their color and cut along the dotted line, and then I helped them tape it around the tube. 

Caterpillar and Butterfly. The kids glued pompoms onto a clothespin to create a caterpillar. They did a second one and then we decorated and glued wings to the bottom to make a butterfly. When all was dry, they rolled up the butterfly and stuck it into the cocoon.  

They push the caterpillar into the tube to release the butterfly. They loved this craft and we had a talk about how Jesus transforms us too when we ask Him into our hearts. 

I hope you have fun with it too! These are great activities for not only caterpillar and butterfly units but also along with other Easter resources to celebrate the risen Christ!


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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Carol

    What great idea, will use for our Sunday school

  2. I love this idea and am totally stealing it! You are so creative! Maybe you could homeschool my kids one day because I am NOT a craft-y mama 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Proverbial Homemaker

      Thanks Keri! I’m not naturally creative either. I just am becoming more so as the creativity of other homeschooling mamas I steal ideas from starts to rub off on me. 😀

  3. Wendy

    I loved to make things when I was a kid but my mother wasn’t crafty and I sat and made them on my own. It’s beautiful to see a mother using crafting to explain the Gospel truth. Precious xx

    1. Proverbial Homemaker

      Thank you! It is one of the more fun and satisfying things I get to do with my kids. 🙂

  4. Angie

    So glad to call you my friend. You are such a good mama and inspiration to me! I am stealing this idea as well :).

  5. Angela

    This is awesome!! Thank You!!

  6. wisemommies

    Beautiful Post!! Thanks for sharing….just linked up with you via facebook. Found you through our simple country life. Will be pinning this post because it is just a beautiful craft that I would like to do with my family.

  7. Anna Marie

    I’m wondering where you found the wordless Bible. I’ve been looking for a smaller one but have only been able to find the larger ones that are just solid sheets of colored paper!

    1. Tauna M

      I found it at a local Christian book store. I looked around and only saw some used versions available on amazon. If I were to do it now, I’d cut out a construction paper or card stock circle for each color and use brads to connect the pieces, alternating along the top and bottom so it folds out like a caterpillar. Uh… because that’s how caterpillars fold out. 🙂

      Here are more ideas. You could easily use the printable I provided or the basic concept but make a different style Wordless Book.

      Here’s a powerpoint/PDF version: pdf/powerpoint

      Here’s a simple bracelet. This one is pretty cool and fits well with the circles/caterpillar thing.

      Here are several ideas including some printable ones.

      Hope you find something that works for you! Have a blessed Easter. 🙂

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