Yesterday I asked my son to choose one of the animals we saw at the zoo last week and I’d think up an activity. He chose a lion and this is what we made. Now I can’t post this without saying that I did my fair share of this lion too. If I could do it all over again I’d have the kids paint the body and only collage the mane or make it a way smaller project because they lost major steam about half way through. We took a break I slipped back in the playroom filled in some of the empty spots and then the challenge was just right and they completed it on a high note and our playroom now has a super cool lion on the wall.
- Gather your materials, you will need some craft paper, glue, construction paper ( we used paper from out scrap box ) , a pencil, crayons, markers, googly eyes and scissors.
- Start by drawing a lion on your craft paper. I used the lion from Eric Carle’s 1, 2,3 to the Zoo as my inspiration.
- Next have the kids color the paper to make fur- this was my son’s idea.
- Next cut some of the paper in long strips for the mane. The big adult scissors are a treat for a kid who isn’t super fond of cutting but needs to work on it … funny how something so simple can make all the difference!
- Cut or rip the rest into pieces.
- Add glue.
- Add the paper.
- My son worked hard on the mane. Then we took a break.
- When we got back he added glue for the face pieces ( I cut them out when they were collaging) .
- Added the googly eyes .
- Let dry then cut out and display!
Books For The Zoo
Check out some books about the zoo here.