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World Animal Day is on the 4th of October, and what better way to celebrate than to try some wonderful new crafts with the kids?
You’ll never throw away another empty toilet roll again when you discover how to help your little ones make them into adorable animals. All you need is coloured paper to cover the roll and cut out shapes for wings, tails, feathers, ears or limbs. Creativity International’s Super Value Pick of the Papers includes any colour you could want, as well as a handful of animal prints that are perfect for this craft. Stick to the British countryside by making buzzing bees, bouncing frogs and bright orange foxes, or go a little more exotic with lions, monkeys and elephants.
There are a number of ways you and your kids can make quick and easy stick puppets with a pack of 10 Mixer Sticks. To keep things really simple, you could print out and colour an animal image and attach it to the stick. If you’re looking to get more creative, you can paint the stick and attach embellishments to create a face: Self-Adhesive Googly Eyes are a must, buttons make great noses and felt shapes can be cut out for any ears, whiskers, beak or other extras.
Pom pom designs are so easy to make and they always look cute. All you need is a good, fluffy yarn, Pom Pom Makers and scissors. Wrap your yarn around the pom pom maker, snip around the edge and tie it off with an extra piece of thread. Use one pom pom for the head and another for the body, then use felt to create extra bits that will bring your animal to life. How many critters could you make with Deramores Studio Aran Yarn in Cappuccino?
Whether it’s a snake or a sausage dog, paper chain creatures are a cinch to make up. Simply cut coloured card into strips and link up alternating colours of green and yellow for a snake, or try using two shades of brown for a dachshund. Glue on a triangular shape to make the head, and then add eyes and decorate with coloured felt pens, such as the Colourtime Marker Assortment. Don’t forget to add a slithering tongue for your snake or a pair of floppy ears for your dog.
Bringing the outdoors in with adorable pinecone animals can be a great all-day activity. First, go foraging in your local park or any good green space for a couple of pinecones to use. Then, all you need to do is cut shapes out of felt to create a face – try the Threaders Felt Bundle - Naturals. Hedgehogs are a perfect pick for this craft, but you could also give owls or mice a go. If you feel like going even further outside of the box, paint the pinecone to create anything from a bumblebee to a penguin.