Animal Art and Craft Ideas

Ant Critter- Teach your preschool child about shapes (circle and rectangle, the color black and counting to 6 with this easy to make, yet fun kids craft about ants.

Butterfly Life Cycle- This is a great project to do with your children (students) to teach them about the life cycle of a butterfly. Compliment this craft with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle and you have a lesson that will encompass.........


Butterfly Symmetry Art Lesson for Kids  I taught this lesson to my three year old students when I taught art to preschoolers. It is a wonderful and easy lesson that introduces concepts like symmetry and primary colors. Enhance this lesson with a book about butterflies or colors!

Caterpillar Toe Prints I love art and craft projects that you can create and turn into a keepsake. This is a very easy way to make a caterpillar using your child’s toes and hands! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppet Craft
Hands down Eric Carle is one of my most admired children's author/illustrator. And lucky for me, my children love him just the same! So in honor of spring this year, we made The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Plate Puppets so my children can play along as we read the book happily for the 500,000th time!

Crab Craft Make this crab craft out of everyday household materials. With a great book, a trip to your local Aquarium, or an educational Web site; this craft can be an excellent learning opportunity as well.

Crab Craft for Babies  Teach your young toddler/baby how to make a crab through hand and feet painting. Great for sensory exploration and very simple to make!

Grasshopper Paper Tube Sculpture Teach your children facts about Grasshoppers while they learn how to construct a grasshopper sculpture using a paper tube.

Jellyfish Create a tie-dye looking jellyfish kids craft out of very inexpensive, find-around-the-home/classroom items! You can incorporate learning about the letter J, as well as learning about the animal jellyfish.

Octopus Clay Pot Craft- Fun creatures, such as the octopus or squid, are very fascinating creatures. Difference Between.Net explains very nicely the exact difference between the two. Which ever one you chose to name this craft after, rest assured BOTH creatures have 8 arms!

Oyster Craft- Create a clam or oyster craft by using the marbling technique.Very easy and fun to create!


Rainbow Fish Chalk Painting- Chalk is such a great, inexpensive medium to do art with. Dry chalk is fun- get it wet with water and it gets even better! The following directions are for the preshcool-first grade child. Older children can create an entire underwater world drawing and painting with both dry and wet chalk.

Eric Carle, is a well-known children's author and artist. For our "Under the Sea" crafting segment, we were very inspired by Eric Carle's fascinating book Mr. Seahorse. Not only where the illustration beautiful and fun to look at, but the amazingly true story as to how many male fish are the primary care giver stunned us as we read through this wonderful book!

Worms and Dirt Puppet Craft- Worms, unlike other garden animals, aid in the turning of soil and help plants grow. Teach your preschooler that worms play an important role to our environment and even try to find some friendly worms in the outdoors!


Easy Toddler Snail Craft!
My little man is approaching his two-year old birthday and is completely all BOY! "What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails." In honor of my little man- and as we transition into spring, we celebrated everything snail and created this Easy Toddler Snail Craft!


1 comment:

  1. This is a great blog ... thank you for wonderful ideas. I am amazed at the time other mothers spend sharing the things they do everyday. I don't know how you fit it into your day.


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