When I created the 28 Days of Activities calendar my kids were immediately excited for each day’s activity. To be honest, it also has been helping me stay motivated each day while we are all practicing social distancing. After I printed the calendar for each of them, my youngest daughter saw the animals and wanted to cut them out. I said “no”, then she said “please”, then I said “no” and then she “please”. She won and I proceeded to promise her that I would make some sort of animal craft with them so that she could cut them out and play with them.
I keep having activity ideas for these little animals and am looking forward to introducing them over the next couple of months. I see this project going well with a lesson on habitats. Then, you could extend the lesson for fun and make “pretend” habitats in the form of a Fairy Garden, Troll Garden, or Dinosaur Garden.
This animal craft will also make an appearance in the next set of 28 Days of Activities that I will be publishing in a couple of weeks. Make sure you sign up for the mailing list so that you can have access to it right when it comes out!
As always, tag @borntobeadventurous in your crafts on Instagram so I can check them out and share with the community!
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- A green piece of paper, a large piece of cardboard or bristol board for the floor of the animal scene
- Assortment of Rocks, branches, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, etc. (if your stuck inside then you can draw your own. )
- Animal Cut-Outs from Born to be Adventurous
- Mountain Cut Out and Mountain Stand from Born to be Adventurous
*Note: All downloads can be found at the end of the instructions below.
- Collect outdoor materials. These will be used to create the animal scene. If you cannot go outside right now, then draw and colour your own rocks and trees.
- Create trees by gluing leaves, pine needles, or small pine cones to sticks.
- Glue the rocks and “trees” to the floor of the animal scene (the green paper or cardboard sheet. To create a bear cave, glue rocks on two opposing sides. Then, glue a wide large rock on the top.
- If you want the mountain background: Fold the bottom of the mountain picture on the line. Cut out the Mountain stand and then fold along the fold line. Glue the wider side to the back of the mountain picture in the middle. Cut off the excess part of the stand. Glue the bottom of the mountain picture to the back of your scene.
- Cut out the Animal Cut-Outs. Fold the bottoms so that they can stand up.
- Glue the animals on the folded part wherever you want them set up. Alternatively, let your kid(s) play with the animals and the animal scene they created.