Preschoolers love craft time. When it comes to doing kids crafts, we especially like ones that use recycled cardboard tubes.
The rainy days of spring are perfect for crafting.
The old saying, “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” makes this cardboard tube lion craft perfect for the start of March!
For each lion you will need:
- 1 toilet paper tube (You could also cut a paper towel tube to length.)
- 1 brown (orange would also be cute) paper circle 3.5 inches in diameter
- 1 yellow paper circle 2.5 inches in diameter
- 4 one-inch long, narrow rectangles (to be used as arms and legs)
- 4 “whiskers” (We used strips of white paper.)
- piece of yarn (about 3 inches long)
Glue the yellow circle to the middle of your larger brown circle. Use scissors to snip fringe around the edges of the brown circle to create your lion’s mane.
Draw a face for your lion. If desired you could use wiggly eyes.
Don’t forget to add whiskers to your lion. We used strips of white paper for whiskers. (We found yarn just kept sticking to our fingers and was frustrating.)
To put your lion together, glue the head to the top of the tube, overhanging the top a bit.
The front and back legs get glued to the bottom of the tube with the “feet” overhanging so you can bend them to rest on the table surface.
For the lion’s tail use the point of a pen to poke a small hole at the back of the tube. Tie a knot into one end of the yarn and then pushed the yarn through the hole. To keep the tail from falling out, tie another knot at the other end of the yarn.
This simple lion craft for kids is the “purrfect” March craft for preschoolers.
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