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Painting is fun and while we usually use paintbrushes, it's nice to mix it up once in a while and use something different. We reused plastic forks to create a distinct texture for this lion craft.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock or Colored Paper
  • Pencil
  • Circular Object to Trace, optional
  • 1 inch and Single Hole Paper Punch, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Draw or trace a circle in the center of a cardboard square.

Step 2: Place yellow paint around the circle on the piece of cardboard.

Step 3: Using the fork, paint strokes away from the center of the circle to create the lion's mane.

Step 4: Place dots of orange paint around the inside of the mane.

Step 5: Again, use the fork to paint outward from the center, adding to the lion mane.

Step 6: Cut a nose and ears from cardstock and glue to the center of the circle for the lion's face.

Step 7: Use the paper hole punches or cut eyes from cardstock and add to the lion's face.

Step 8: To finish the lion, cut a mouth from cardstock and add just below the lion's nose.

Whether you are working on letter L, studying lions or just looking for a new project, this one is fun and you likely have all the materials on hand already!

 

I've seen so many fun characters and animals made from paper rolls but believe it or not, I don't think we've ever made animals from paper rolls! I decided to change that with a fun family craft afternoon. To prep these simple to make paper roll koalas, I painted the rolls and let them dry ahead of time.

Start with:

  • Toilet or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock - gray, white, black and any colors for accessories

Create it!

Step 1: Paint the toilet or paper towel rolls and allow them to dry.

 

Step 2: If using paper towel rolls, cut them in half or thirds to make a smaller size.

Step 3; From cardstock, cut ears and glue them to each side of the top of the paper roll.

Step 4: Cut an oval from cardstock for the koala stomach and glue it to the lower center of the paper roll.

Step 5: Cut an oval or teardrop shape from black cardstock for the nose and glue to the paper roll.

Step 6: Cut eyes from cardstock and glue to the paper roll.

Step 7: Add any details you'd like to finish your kola.

Super easy to set up and so fun to see how everyone in the family makes their koala unique!

 

As part of a science lesson or just for fun, this animal habitat activity is simple to set up and can be used in a variety of ways!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Bowl
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Small Plastic Animal Toys

Create it!:

Step 1: Using the bowl, trace a circle on cardboard. Cut out the circle. Repeat for as many habitats as you would like. We made three.

Step 2: Paint the cardboard circles for each habitat. For example, blue for water, green for jungle, brown for farm, etc. All the paint to dry.

Step 3: Set out the circles, along with animals. Ask your preschooler to sort the animalsl by habitat, shape, color or any other characteristic!

 

Sometimes figuring out how to open something is sort of like a puzzle. We made some little cardboard barns with different ways to open the doors - fantastic fine motor practice and fun!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Fastener
  • String/Yarn
  • Pom Pom

Create it!

Step 1: Cut barn shapes out of cardboard..

Step 2: Paint the cardboard barns red and allow them to dry

Step 3: Also from the red cardboard, cut barn doors and glue onto the barn shapes. Just glue the outside seam of the door on each side so it easily opens and closes.

Step 4: Trim the barn and doors with white paint, if you'd like.

Step 5: Add a paper fastener to each side of the door. Tie string (or embroidery thread) to one of the paper fasteners. Wrap the string around the other paper fastener to secure the door closed.

Step 6: To the next barn doors, add three or more paper fasteners, alternating on both doors. Tie the string to the bottoms paper fastener and loop the string around each paper fastener.

Step 7: Add a paper fastener to one door. Tie a string loop around the paper fastener. To the other door, glue a pom pom. Fasten the string loop around the pom pom.

These are just three options but there are so many ways to fasten the barn doors!