- Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel or 2 toilet paper rolls, brown and yellow paint or markers ( I used a brown marker and yellow dotter) , some construction paper, 3 pipe cleaners, scissors, glue , some tape and a stapler. Got all that ?
- Have your child paint/color the paper towel roll with the brown paint or marker.
- Now the yellow! My little guy loved that the dot paint fit nicely inside the tube, we played this little game for about 5 minutes.
- While your child is painting/ coloring draw a giraffe head and ears. Cut them out.
- Have your child glue the ears onto the head.
- Let the roll dry and cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other .
- Poke 4 holes in the shorter roll, and thread the pipe cleaners through for legs, this is great fine motor practice for little guys! Just be there to help, pipe cleaners can be sharp. Twist the two ends together once they are through. I cut mine to make them even.
- Bend the remaining pipe cleaner to make the horns, and tape it to the back of the head, glue and pipe cleaners are rarely a fun combo , I prefer tape.
- Glue the head to the longer roll. Let dry face down.
- Staple the neck to the body. Try to stand it up- ours is a leaning tower of giraffe!
I’ve been wanting to do a giraffe craft for awhile but kept forgetting! This craft would probably work best with 3 and up , my little guy loved doing the coloring, but got frustrated with the rest. As long as your expectations are flexible everyone will have fun!
” Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae is a very sweet story about a giraffe who gets laughed at because he doesn’t know how to dance. Don’t worry though it all turns out in the end and really addresses the emotions that we all face when we feel made fun of. Very cute find! ” Animals” by A. Barlow is the prefect little board book for toddlers learning about animals and is nice and short for busy babies who are only able to sit for a few short moments at a time. The pictures are so cool that older toddlers will love it too! My little guy likes to “read ” it to me.
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