Paper Animal Sculptures

Graham's cheetah sculpture

Graham’s cheetah sculpture

Kindergarten students have been working on paper animal sculptures and their habitats.  We started by choosing a four legged animal.  (Well, one of them has flippers!)  We then folded a rectangle of oaktag in half to form the animal’s body.  Students learned that one of the things that makes a sculpture different from a drawing is that we can look at a sculpture from all sides: the top, the bottom, the front, the back, and both sides.  We were careful to color all sides of the paper so that no matter which way you look at it, the animal has color.

Then we folded two long strips of oaktag and glued them underneath the body to form the legs.  Between classes, I attached a “neck” for students to glue their heads on.  We drew and cut out heads and tails to complete our animals.

Grace's tabby cat sculpture

Grace’s tabby cat sculpture

Finally, we folded, cut, and taped a square of paper to form a habitat.  Students thought about what kind of place their animal would need to be happy.  Some needed a dense jungle, some needed a big pond, some needed tall mountains… Kindergarteners used pencil, Sharpie, and crayon to add details to their habitats so each animal has a comfortable home!

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