Cut out pictures of animals out of a magazine and paste them on a yellow piece of construction paper. Glue strips of black construction paper across the yellow paper like a cage.
Cut out the vague shape of a giraffe on yellow construction paper and let the children put spots on it with a bingo marker (stamper). Works for a leopard also. For younger children let them put spots on the paper before you cut out the shape.
Hand zoo animals: Have each child trace their hand on light colored paper. Allow students to use, crayons, markers, paint or fabric scraps to add the animals face, tail, markings etc. Encourage students to draw backgrounds of natural environment.
You can make a stencil of a giraffe (use a file folder for the stencil), and then the child can use small rollers and yellow paint to paint the giraffe. Then they can use brown paint and forks to make the giraffe's markings.
The children can make a snake out of a paper plate: 1st draw a line that goes around and around from the edge to the middle and stops. 2nd: If your children are ready, have them cut on the line (this may be tricky!! lots of curves). 3rd: Sponge paint with brown and green.
To make a simple lion, use a large paper plate (cheap kind) and provide lots of brown, yellow, and orange yarn (cut into 2 inch strips). The children can color the lions face, and then glue the yarn all around the edge to make a furry face!
For our study of elephants we use black and white finger-paint to mix to make the color of elephants.. Grey! Then the children can use their fingertips to make eyes, mouth and trunk.
Using Q-tips or new water color brushes, paint animal crackers with edible paint made from corn syrup and food coloring. The children never have anything to show for all their hard work, but their tummies are happy!
If you could make a large cut out of a lions head with an outline of a lion's mane, the kids sure love finger-painting with yellow and brown paint and a little liquid starch. When they dry you can draw the lion's face on or the kids can the next day.
Precut zebra shapes on white construction paper and then, using black paint, have the children marble paint the zebra. They love to see this "horse" turn into a zebra!
Hint: I find that larger marbles or even ping pong balls, work best.
take a shoe box-remove lid- punch holes about 14 of inch in along the length of the box and again on the paralleled side trying to keep holes aligned. run a straw through a hole on the top and on the bottom -sit box onto one of longer side-wha la-cage. Next allow the children to create an animal out of clay or toilet-paper rolls-pull up a straw an give the animal a home.
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