Since my beaver craft has been so popular, I’ve decided to add a post on one of my other woodland creature crafts. Presenting… a paper moose!
Supplies required: white/grey and two colours of brown construction paper, white foam (optional), a black marker, 3 strips magnet (optional), scissors and a glue stick.
Step 1: Create a template of the head, antlers, ears, eyes and beard as seen in the picture below.
Step 2: Using the templates, trace and cut out the head and ears from the construction paper that is the lighter of the two browns. Cut the antlers out of white/grey construction paper, the eyes from white construction paper or foam paper and the beard from the darker brown construction paper.
Step 3: Create pupils on the white construction/foam paper using the black marker.
Step 4: Begin gluing the various pieces together making sure that you glue the ears on before the antlers.
Step 5: Using the black marker, draw details onto the moose’s face.
Step 6: (optional) Finally, make this craft into a fridge magnet by adding three strips of magnet on the back, making sure to put one on the head and one on each antler.
This is perhaps one of my simplest crafts in terms of how much time it’ll take to put together, but it looks great and there simply isn’t enough moose crafts out there yet. Have fun!
Recommended Reading: Ernest by Catherine Rayner
Moose! by Robert Munsch Illus. by Michael Martchenko
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)
Have you ever gone to work with crazy looking hair because you didn’t have enough time to fix it in the morning? Do you need a valid excuse to explain why it might look unkempt? How about a crazy hair themed story time? There are some really good stories about hair out there and you can try this fun craft.
Supplies required: construction paper in flesh tones, scissors, a pen or a marker, glue, tape and a Popsicle stick, stir stick or straw and something that has a hair-like quality such as feathered thread or yarn. Remember, the more colours you have as an option for the hair the crazier the hairdos can be!
Step 1: Create a template of the head, eyes and mouth as seen below.
Step 2: Trace and cut out the head template on flesh toned pieces of construction paper. Cut the eyes out on white paper and the mouths out on black.
Step 3: Draw on any additional detail on the cut pieces such as pupils on the eyes and nose on the face.
Step 4: Cut various lengths of hair material.
Step 5: Glue mouth and eyes on a face.
Step 6: Choose however much hair and whatever colours you like and glue them on top of the head. Some creative kids might even choose to add a bit of facial hair as well.
Step 7: Let it dry.
Step 8: Once dry you can attach the head to the stick or straw using tape.
Now you have some puppets with some crazy hair and a reason to mess yours up a bit!
Recommended Reading: Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman Illus. by Dave McKean
Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch Illus. by Alan and Lea Daniel
Here’s a fun craft that will have you shooting for the stars. All you need is some coloured construction paper, scissors, glue, a straw, a marker, a bit of tape and a printer (optional).
Step 1: Print off and cut out the rocket template. The colour and number of pieces that are required are written on each piece of the template.
Step 2: Trace each piece of the template on the colour of construction paper indicated.
Step 3: Glue the fins and the flames to the back of the rocket. Then glue the exhaust and cap to the front.
Step 4: Using a thick marker name your rocket. As a default, I suggest the child’s first or last name however you should let them be as creative as they want.
Step 5: Print out and glue on or draw a flag of your country of origin on the front of the rocket. At this point you can also add any other decorations or embellishments you think your rocket needs.
Step 6: Tape the straw to the back of the rocket.
Step 7: Blast off!
Now you have a rocket you can fly around the classroom or living room with. If you’re super ambitious you can try a different colour combination or make a whole fleet!
Recommended Reading: Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp Illus. by Lincoln Agnew