ANIMAL ART PROJECTS
CALICO CATS CRAFT IDEAS:
Using a photocopy of a cat picture, let the children cut fabrics into small pieces and glue it onto the cat picture. Use different colors and textures of fabrics to make it more interesting!
RABBIT EAR HEADBANDS CRAFT IDEAS:
Cut paper long enough to fit around the childs head. Have them cut out ear shapes and glue to the head band. You can either add cotton in the middle of the ears, decorate as you wish, or put “R” on one ear and “r” on the other, for letter recognition.
Have children trace and cut out goldfish bowl shapes on white paper. Add glue or corn syrup (or even both) to blue paint and let the children paint the bowls blue. Then, let them stick goldfish crackers in the blue mix. (You can also do numeral recognition and put a specific number on the bowl and they have to put THAT many goldfish in the bowl.
PARROTS CRAFT IDEAS:
Cut a parrot shape out of yellow construction paper. Also cut a beak shape and feet shape (claws) from orange construction paper. Have children glue beaks and feet in appropriate places and then glue on blue and red feathers. You can also add a large googley eyes.
SPOTTED DOGS CRAFT IDEAS:
Have children use black finger paint and put spots on a dog picture.
TURTLES CRAFT IDEAS:
Using paper bowls, have children paint them green. Let it dry a little bit. Then have them draw (or paint) black lines over the green (like a turtle) Add construction paper cut outs for head and legs. Attach a string to the front of the turtle (under head) and they can pull the turtles around and have turtle races!
PAPER PLATE ELEPHANTS CRAFT IDEAS:
Have children draw eyes on paper plate and glue on ears that they traced and cut out. Then they fold a piece of paper back and forth accordian style and glue on for nose.
DEER ANTLER HEADBANDS CRAFT IDEAS:
Cut a strip of paper long enough to fit around the childs head. Have children trace hands, and cut them out. Glue each of their hands to the long strips. (hands are the antlers)
BIRD NESTS CRAFT IDEAS:
Mold a bird nest out of clay (or dough that will dry out) Stick twigs, grass, leaves, stems, ect into the clay to look like a real bird nest.
CAGES: Use a shoe box. Cut a large oval shape in the top. Glue thin black strips of paper inside the lid, over the oval (for the bars). You can make a scene on the inside of the shoe box, if you want to.
Add animals to the cages by either:
1.) Making animals out of clay
2.) Using animal crackers – you can paint them, too.
3.) paper animals that the children can color and cut out
–Make an elephant “feely box”
Use a cardboard box (not too big) paint it grey. Add two big elephant ears to either side of the box. Use a mans shirt sleeve and paint that grey. Add it to the front — where you put a hole in the box. The shirt sleeve should cover the hole. This way the children put their arm through the sleeve (elephants trunk), and into the box. You put different things inside the box and the children have to figure out what it is, before they take it out and look at it.
–Make fuzzy bears.
Use coffee grounds to glue onto photocopied bear patterns.
–Tiger masks from paper plates.
Do a tiger, by using orange paint and black streamers.
–Make lion masks –
by adding a yellow yarn around the plate for the “mane”.
Use a large paper bag. Stuff it with newspaper or scraps, less than 1/2 full. Twist up the rest of the bag, to be the trunk. Add elephant ears to each side, and paint grey.
Color the clowns face, and use small squares of different color tissue paper, to glue on to decorated the clowns outfit.
–Animals in cages:
Use a shoe box, or something similar; add animals by using animal crackers or pictures from magazines, or ditto pictures that the children color — glue them to the INSIDE bottom of the shoe box. Use strips of black construction paper and have children tape or glue strips across the opening of the shoe box. When you stand it on the side, it will look like animals in a cage.
By A Mathur. 2001.