Make Cute Animals Out of Paper Shapes

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    Paper Craft How-to: Shape Animals

    Toddlers and preschoolers love working with simple concepts like shapes. My aim for doing crafts with my toddler is to have fun, ignite their creativity, and teach them something in the process. We love doing simple puzzles, and these animals we made were presented to them as a puzzle, which I helped them put together. The idea behind this craft is to use basic shapes.

    The appeal here lies in its simplicity, and most toddlers I know love anything to do with animals! We made a lion and elephant, but you can make any animal you like – such as a giraffe, panda, bear, or zebra.

    Supplies Needed:

    - Colored paper: Orange, yellow, grey, white

    - A pair of safety scissors

    - A glue stick

    - Cardstock to paste on (in white or other colors)

    - Felt tip markers, colored pencils, or crayons

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    Steps for a Shape Lion

    Cut out the shapes for your lion and place on the card where it will be put together and glued. See photo for the shapes I cut out for the lion. It helps to make a sketch beforehand. Your preschooler can help you in this process.

    Help your child arrange the shapes in the right order and glue them in place.

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    Making a Shape Lion

    Add details such as eyes and mouth with the markers, pencils, or crayons.

    These animals look great as artwork or on greeting cards.

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  • 04 of 05

    Steps for a Shape Elephant

    Cut out the shapes for your elephant and place on the card where it will be put together and glued. See photo for the shapes I cut out for the elephant. It helps to make a sketch beforehand. Your preschooler can help you in this process.

    Help your child arrange the shapes in the right order and glue them in place.

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    Making a Shape Elephant

    Now add details such as eyes and mouth with the markers, pencils, or crayons.

    If you liked this craft, you’ll love this ​Fruit Stick-on Puzzle I shared on my blog! Or how about this Photo Suncatcher for a handmade gift?