Even though we already have two cats, my daughter keeps asking why can’t we get a dog. Does your child constantly ask for a pet dog or a pony? Now, your kids can create their own little zoo with some craft supplies that will bring you back to your childhood crafts.
I love checking out the craft supply selection at my dollar store. They always have supplies that remind me of my childhood. Basics like pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feathers and of course construction paper.
One summer during art camp, my students started creating pom pom animals all on their own. Soon each kid had their own little collection of pom pom creatures. My favorite part was that we gave them no direction and their imagination just took over.
So grab your childhood craft supplies and let’s create some pom pom animals!
- Pom Poms in assorted sizes and colors
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- Construction paper
- A hot glue gun OR tacky glue. Regular white school glue is too runny and will take a long time to dry, which can be frustrating for kids. Remember that hot glue guns can get really hot and should only be used by an adult.
- Felt or fabric scraps
First brainstorm with your child about different animals or creatures that he or she can make. Sketch them out on some paper. Ask your child how a horse or pig would look if it were made out of circles. I like to call this the design process.
Now, they can pick out the pom poms in the desired shapes and colors to make their animal. With some of the tacky glue or hot glue, attach two pom poms together.
If you are making a pig, for example, you can use two pink pom poms, one as the body and another for the head. You’ll want to experiment with how much glue you will need to keep the pom poms together. It just depends on how absorbent they are.
Continuing with the pig example, glue googly eyes on the head pom pom. While waiting for the glue to dry, cut out felt or construction paper triangles for ears and an oval for the snout. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it around a pencil to curl it. Attach all the ears, snout and tail using tacky glue or hot glue.
You can make practically any animal you want: an elephant with large ears, a mouse with a triangle nose and pipe cleaner whiskers or how about a caterpillar comprised of several pom poms and pipe cleaner antennae? Maybe instead of animals your child loves dinosaurs or aliens?
Once the animals are dry, they are fairly sturdy. Grab some old shoe boxes or milk cartons from the recycle bin and create houses for them. That should keep your child busy for quite some time!