A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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11 Easy Outer Space Crafts for Kids

Outer Space, Space Shuttle, Astronauts and Aliens – Here are 11 Easy Space Crafts for Kids!

1. Make a Paper Space Shuttle Craft

For this space shuttle craft, you can make your own space shuttle or rocket ship and a fun outer space scene by using construction paper!

Materials

  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Additional construction paper and scraps of various colors
  • Glue Sticks

Directions

1. Assemble the space ship, using various shapes of construction paper.

2. Decorate the background by cutting out planets and stars and gluing them onto the black construction paper (space stickers would also work well for this part.)

3. Glue the space ship onto the background.

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Note: You can prepare different shapes ahead of time that kids can use to “build” their space shuttle.

Add space stickers for a fun twist!

 

2. Color and Decorate this Astronaut Paper Doll

Use the printable below to make your own astronaut paper dolls!  It’s the perfect activity to try during the community helpers unit!

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Click here to go to Education.com and Download the Astronaut Paper Doll Printable

 

3. Create a Portal to Outer Space with Paper Plates

Source: http://funfamilycrafts.com/space-ship-porthole/

I couldn’t find directions for this cute craft but it looks like it was made by using two paper plates, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and aluminum foil. Here is how I would make this craft:

Materials: 2 paper plates, black glitter paper, green card stock, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, stapler, scissors, and glue

Directions: Cut out the center of one of the paper plates for an opening.  Cut a circle, the same size as the paper plate, out of sparkly black glitter paper and glue it onto the back paper plate.  Cut out and glue circles for planets onto this background.  Create a ring around the planet by bending a pipe cleaner and gluing in place.

Fold aluminum foil around the front paper plate and into the circular opening that you cut out. Glue the aluminum foil into place.  Use green card stock and pipe cleaners to create a little green alien and attach it to the front paper plate for a neat 3D effect.  Staple the front and back plates together and attach some string to the back so you can hang up this cute craft on the wall!

 

4. Make an Alien Head Band

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What a fun dress up/ dramatic play idea.  I love the pipe cleaners and big googly eyes!  I’ve made similar alien headbands, by simply using construction paper for the headband and tentacles (that’s what I call the long things the eyes are connected to)

This idea uses a few more materials but I really like the look of the finished product!

For detailed instructions, click here: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/02/alien-dress-up.html

 

5.  Make this Spaceship and Moon Craft by ArticulateGallery.co.uk.

Here are the instructions –  http://www.articulategallery.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-a-3d-spaceship-paper-craft/ (or click on the image below)

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6. Make a Space Book

 

I think this is the greatest thing.  Full instructions here.

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7. Make A Space Collage

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Draw circles on a piece of paper and have kids paint them.  Cut them out.

Use a toothbrush to flick some paint on a piece of black construction paper.

Glue the painted circles on and you have a cool space collage!

 

8. Play with Homemade Galaxy-Doh

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I love the colors in this play-doh!  Combine the ingredients to make the base, then let kids add glitter, stars, and marbles to create their own galaxy!  Recipe and full instuctions here on FairyDustTeaching.com

 

9. Make a Paper Plate Flying Saucer

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This page on CraftsByAmanda.com will show you how to put together a cool paper plate flying saucer craft.  In her instructions she uses a hot glue gun, but I would let the kids use a bottle of white Elmer’s glue to paste the craft jewels on.

10. Create A Solar System Mobile

solar system printable thumbnailThis free solar system printable of the planets and sun in our solar system makes for a great solar system mobile.  You can download a PDF of the solar system image by clicking here or on the image on the right.

Punch holes on the edge of a paper plate where you want to attach the planets.  I put holes on the outer edge for the planets, and have the sun hanging from the middle.  You can also forgo the hole punching altogether, and just tape the pieces onto the paper plate.

Have your kids decoplanet-mobilerate the paper plate with their name and stars or even black paint if you want.

When they are done decorating, put the plate aside and let them color and cut out the planets.  You can set each student’s planet cut outs on the plate they decorated.  This is a good way to store them if you are making a whole bunch, especially with younger kids because most of them will need help attaching the planets.

Connect a piece of string to the back of each planet cutout with tape and tie or tape to each plate.

You can tape the mobile directly on the ceiling or you can poke 2 holes in the middle of the plate with scissors and tie on a string so you are able to hang up the mobile.

11. Outer Space Coloring Pages

Just print and color for another easy space craft!  Here are a few space-themed coloring pages from around the web!

 

 

 

Outer Space Crafts on Pinterest

Check out my Outer Space Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for even more Space-Themed activities!

Have a space craft you want to share? Email me or leave a link in the comments section below and I can add it to the list!

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How to Make Paper Beads

paper bead necklaceHow to Make Paper Beads. Today we will make beads out of paper.  Once you finish making the paper beads, you can string them together to create unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings, & pendants!

Paper beads are fun to create and make amazing gifts for family and friends! I have even made paper beads with kids in my classroom. Many of my 4 and 5 year old students were able to roll them up and make them with a little help from the teacher!  Younger students can help choose pictures and cut strips.  They may need some help rolling the beads up.  Either way, it’s a great fine motor skill to practice!

Making Paper beads can be environmentally friendly too,  when you use recycled paper or magazines that might otherwise be thrown away to create your own jewelry.

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

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Materials

Pick Out The Paper for Your Beads

Choose bright and colorful paper if you want your beads to be bold and bright. You can also use bright and colorful images from magazines to make vivid and eye-catching beads, or make some really neat black and white beads by using the text and written parts of the magazine.  I prefer to use magazines to make the paper beads because the paper from the magazine pages is thin and is easy to form the beads with. Another reason to use magazines, particularly fashion magazines, is because you can get some really great trendy colors that will make for some nice looking jewelry.

Paper Bead Bracelet

I made these paper beads into a bracelet. I painted the beads with glitter nail polish to give them a little shimmer!

Choose Your Glue

In addition to the paper or magazines, you will need some varnish (clear nail polish works well too) and some tools to measure and cut the paper if you want your beads to all be the same size. You can also substitute the varnish for some plain old Elmer’s School glue (in a bottle, not the stick)  if you have that on hand.   Your beads will have more of a matte finish if you do it this way but they still look awesome! One more variation that you can try is to paint some glitter nail polish onto the beads to add a little extra sparkle.  I tried this and it turned out pretty nice I think (see picture on the left)

Form The Beads

To make the beads shown in the picture, cut long thin acute triangles out of your paper or from magazines pages.  The width of the strip of paper should be about 1 inch wide or less and the length  should be about 3 to 5 inches. The longer you make the triangles, the fatter the beads will be.  The wider you make the triangles, the wider your beads will be.

If you want all of the paper beads to be the same size, you need to cut paper triangles that are all the same size. When I made my beads, I didn’t worry so much about making my beads all the same, so I did not measure the paper before cutting.  My beads turned out just fine this way, some were just a little bit longer or fatter.

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Long thin paper triangles cut from colorful magazine images.

After you cut out the triangles, arrange them by color.  Take one of the paper triangles and paint on a thin layer of varnish or watered down school glue onto it.  Roll it up tightly around a nail or round metal skewer to create a hole in the middle, starting with the wide bottom end, and rolling it to the top point of the triangle.  Smooth the bead over with your fingers and move it back and forth a little so that it doesn’t stick to the nail or skewer.   After about 20 seconds the paper will stick together on it’s own and you can take the completed paper bead off the skewer or pencil and place it aside.  Repeat with another triangle and continue to make more paper beads until you have what you need.

Other Paper Bead Designs

This image shows how to create beads in a variety of shapes.

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thin elastic string

The elastic string I use to string the paper beads into necklaces and bracelets.  You can use it for stringing all kinds of tiny beads into jewelry and you get 229 ft of it per roll. It’s on sale too at the moment – you get one roll for $2.29, that’s a steal compared it’s normal price of over $10.00!

Stringing Your Beads

When you have made enough beads to create your jewelry, you can string them together on a piece of thin elastic.  I use this technique when creating bracelets. I like to string my paper beads together with thin white stretchy elastic beading cord (click on the link or picture to purchase some for yourself). This stuff is perfect for stringing together all types of small beads

You can alternate the paper beads with some glass or wooden beads, or make your piece entirely out of paper beads.    Finally, tie up the ends of your beautiful new bracelet or necklace.  If you are making earrings,  you might only use one or two magazine beads on each piece and you could add a pretty crystal or other bead to complement the paper bead.

Making Paper Beads with Kids

When creating beads with children, some kids will be able to cut out the triangles and create the beads all on their own.  Some will need an adult to cut the triangles for them, but will be able to do the rolling and gluing part.  Some will need even more support, it just depends on the kid.

What a great way to give your little ones practice with their fine motor skills and the finished product makes a beautiful gift for friends and family!  I love how colorful they turn out and each bead is so beautiful and unique!

 

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Paper bead keychain

 

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Three Little Pigs – Story Retelling Craftivity

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For this Three Little Pigs crafticity, kids create their own re-telling puppets and houses out of construction paper and popsicle sticks, then play with their creations.

See the pictures below for inspiration & follow the instructions to get started with your own home or classroom set!

Materials

  • Construction Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Make Three Little Pigs Puppets.

Cut circles out of pink construction paper to make each pig’s face and body.

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Add rectangles for legs. Add Eyes, Ears, and a Curly tails made out of a thin strip of curled construction paper to each puppet. Tape a Popsicle stick to the back of each puppet.

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Draw pupils, nostrils,  and mouths with a black marker.

 

2. Make The Big Bad Wolf Puppet.

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3. Make The Three Little Pigs’ houses.

Take a piece of yellow construction paper and cut out a window and a door.  Decorate  it with an orange markers so it looks like a straw house.

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Use a piece of brown construction paper to make a house made of sticks.  Add details with a brown marker.

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Create a house made of bricks.  Cut out a chimney, and draw on bricks with a red marker. Add a door knob and shutters with a black marker.

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4. Retell & Play

Kids introduce the characters to the set and play by arranging the puppets and houses in different positions.

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf Puppets

 

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Kids re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf in the classroom.

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