Paper Animals

Kindergarten paper animals

Kindergarten paper animals

Kindergarteners are creating paper animals!  I really enjoy this project — just look at those faces!  We folded a rectangle of oak tag in half to form the body.  To make legs, we folded two long strips of oaktag in half and glued them to the body.  Each end of the folded oaktag made a leg, so all our animals have four legs.  We colored our animals with crayon and thought about what its coat would look like.  Some students needed to add spots and stripes, and some added lines to give their animal’s coat a rough texture.  We drew and cut out the tails and heads and glued them on.  Next week we will build an environment for each animal to inhabit!

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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!