Key Stage 2 Animal Art Activities?

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Key Stage 2 Animal Art Activities?
Crafts are both fun and educational. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Key Stage 2 is a term that generally refers to children between the ages of seven and eleven, but no matter what their age, kids love crafts. Many crafts revolve around animals and can often be used to reinforce other subjects such as literature, science and even math. Hands-on activities, such as crafts, give students the opportunity to express their creativity while learning to follow directions. The learning procedure is both fun and vital to the students' growth and overall education.

Paper Plate Panda

You will need the following for each student: one large white paper plate, one small white paper plate, two black arm cutouts, two black leg cutouts, two black eye cutouts, two white eye cutouts, two black ear cutouts, a black marker, a stapler, and a glue stick. You can create templates for the various cutouts by tracing them onto stiff paper or folders and then cutting them out. By creating templates, each student can then use the templates to trace their own pieces onto black or white construction paper, thus saving you time and effort. Place the large paper plate face up. Flip the small paper plate upside down, and staple it to the top of the large plate. This creates the head and body of the panda. Glue the arms and legs onto the large paper plate. For the most realistic look, glue one arm and leg to the back of the plate so that it protrudes from the back, pointing the same direction as the other arm and leg. This gives the appearance of the bear sitting with his legs and arms out to one side. Glue the black eye cutouts to the small paper plate, then glue the white eye cutouts, which are smaller, on top of the black ones to create the whites of the eyes. Use the black marker to draw in the pupils and also to draw the nose and mouth on the small plate. For best results, staple the ear cutouts at the very top of the small plate.

Confetti Fish

Each student will need the following: two large paper plates, fish tail cutout, fish fin cutout, fish lips cutout, one googly eye, one-inch tissue paper squares, glue, and stapler. Invert one plate on top of the other, and staple the edges together. Crumple the tissue paper squares and glue them to the top plate, completely covering its surface. Allow several minutes for the glue to dry. Glue on the fish parts, and once again, allow the glue to dry. If you have adequate time and supplies, you can repeat the process on the bottom plate, creating a double-sided project that can be hung by stapling yarn to the top of the plates. This is a messy project, so have plenty of hand wipes available.

Hand and Foot Turkey

Each student will need the following: brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper, a pencil, scissors, glue, one orange pipe cleaner and two googly eyes. Have each child trace both feet onto brown construction paper and then both hands onto the red, orange and yellow construction paper. (They should have two footprints and six handprints in all.) Glue the two footprints together, with the heels becoming the head of the turkey and the toes flaring out in opposite directions. Draw a round wattle on the red construction paper and a beak on the orange construction paper. Cut out these items and glue them on the head of the turkey along with the googly eyes. Cut the orange pipe cleaner into two pieces of adequate size to be the turkey's legs. Tape the pipe cleaners to the back of the turkey, allowing them to hang down at the bottom. Glue the handprints to the back of the turkey, allowing them to stick out at various angles.

Paper Bag Bat

Each student will need the following: a paper bag, bat cutouts such as triangle ears, oval nose, triangle fangs, tongue, wings, tail and feet, glue and googly eyes. Place the paper bag with the flap side facing up. This will be the front of the bat. Glue the ears at the top of the flap. Adhere the googly eyes just below the ears and the nose just below the eyes. Glue the fangs so that the points hang down below the flap. Lift the flap, and glue the tongue under the flap so that you only see it when the bat opens its mouth. Tack the wings into the folds on each side of the bag. Glue the feet to the bottom of the bag and the tail to the back side. If your students desire black bats, the paper bags can be painted and the cutouts drawn on black construction paper. Once again, for your convenience, you may want to provide the students with templates and allow them to draw and cut out their own pieces.

Toilet Paper Roll Snake

Each student will need the following: four toilet paper rolls cut in half, construction paper (multiple colours work best), scissors, glue, a hole punch, yarn and two googly eyes. Cut the construction paper to the appropriate size and glue one piece around each tube. For younger children, you may want to have a template for the construction paper or provide them with pieces that have already been cut. Punch a hole in both ends of all the tubes except for the first and last which will be the head and tail of the snake. These pieces only need one hole. Thread the yarn through each hole as if you were sewing them together. Be careful not to make it too tight or the snake won't wiggle. Tie the thread at either end of the snake. Glue the googly eyes on the top of the first roll, and use a piece of tape to attach a small piece of red yarn for the tongue protruding from inside the same roll.

Rabbit Windsock

Each student will need the following: two sheets of 9x12 white construction paper, six twelve-inch streamers, a pencil, scissors, a hole punch, string and a stapler. Glue or staple the six streamers in a line across the bottom of one piece of the construction paper. The streamers should hang freely. Roll that piece of construction paper into a cylinder and staple together. On the second piece of construction paper, draw rabbit ears, eyes, nose and mouth or teeth. Cut out the pieces and glue them onto the cylinder. Use the hole punch to punch holes on opposite sides of the top of the cylinder. Tie the string through the holes, leaving plenty of slack to hang the windsock.

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