Be Brave!

Moose Head !
Let me explain the title, over the weekend we went on a family road trip and went into a little small town diner for lunch. Immediately we were met with various stuffed animal heads mounted pretty low on the wall. It terrified my son who began screaming “No Animal head !” and grabbing at me to leave. We eventually found a restaurant sans elk but I suggested we make this moose head in part to get over the fear .Even if there was no trauma involving an elk or moose head at your house, this is a cute activity to do.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper , some scrap black paper, 2 googley eyes, brown paint, a pencil, scissors, glue and some crayons.
  2. Have your child draw the background with crayons. My son drew clouds , the sun and “og” (fog).
  3. While they do that, draw antlers on the first piece of paper.
  4. Draw the outline of the moose head on the other piece of paper. I drew an uneven keyhole shape.
  5. Have your child paint the head with the brown paint. Using a big brush will help get all the head painted with little guys, our dauber didn’t do such a great job, so we took turns.
  6. Paint the antlers. Let dry.
  7. Cut out the antlers and head.
  8. Glue the antlers to the scenery.
  9. Glue the head on top of the antlers.
  10. While your child is gluing , cut out 2 ovals from the black paper for the moose’s nostrils.
  11. Glue the nostrils on.
  12. Add the glue for the eyes.
  13. Add the googly eyes. Let dry.

“If You Give A Moose A Muffin” by Laura Numeroff is a silly, engaging and darling story about demanding moose! If you are not familiar with the “If You Give A” series you are missing out. They are all great books that show cause and effect and are great when you are teaching about predicting, kids can make a prediction about what the moose will want next! My favorite part of this book is the puppet show!

“Moosetache” by Margie Palatini is a absurd book about a moose with an out of control mustache! Kids love this book, they laugh at the poor moose who is quite anxious about his unusual facial hair. The book has a valuable message about accepting yourself and the quirks that make you you.