Are you looking for another woodland creature craft? How about the friendly beaver? This craft is simple and in the end it’ll give the kids a puppet to play with.
Supplies required: lunch sized brown paper bags, black, white and two colours of brown construction paper, cardboard, a black marker, two large googly eyes, scissors and a glue stick.
Step 1: Create a template of the head, nose, arms, teeth, tail and wood as seen in the picture below.
Step 2: Using the templates, trace and cut out the head and arms from the construction paper that is the lighter of the two browns. Cut the nose out of black construction paper, the teeth from white and the tail from the darker brown construction paper.
Step 3: Using the final pattern, cut out the wood from the cardboard.
Step 4: Draw on the additional detail, such as the space between the teeth, the mouth and ears, as seen on the final example of the craft pictured above.
Step 5: Glue the head onto the folded part of the paper bag. Glue the tail to the back of the paperback and then glue the teeth underneath the fold of the paper bag so that only a small portion of the teeth can be seen.
Step 6: Next glue the googly eyes and the nose onto the head.
Step 7: Finally, glue the cardboard behind the arms and then glue the arms to the front of the paper bag.
Your beaver is now complete. For my sample, instead of using construction paper for the nose and
teeth I used foam paper. You may also be wondering why the beaver’s teeth are so long. Beavers actually have very long teeth partly because their teeth never stop growing. According to Canadian Geographic animal fact sheet (http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids/animal-facts/beaver.asp) chewing on tree trunks and branches help prevent a beaver’s teeth from getting too long. It’s a fun fact that you can throw in there while the kids are making their puppets.
Recommended Reading: Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper (wordless picture book)