Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a lion's
Many basic skills can be addressed during and after the craft assembly
process and you can use the craft to make a hand or paper bag puppet. Other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided in the themes column.
Activity: Crafts Activity:
Lion Head Craft
There are a number of ways to print and make this craft:
Option 1: Print template in color, cut out and
Option 2: Print in black and white,
color, paint or decorate first, cut and assemble.
Ideas: Color by the letter or by the number
Make a small graph with numbers or upper case letter L and lower case
letter l and print the numbers or letters inside the craft templates for
a designated color.
L (upper case) = for brown in mane and dark
l (lower case) = for yellow
or orange in light areas (face, inner ears,
areas not colored (the eyes)
Option 3: Print template black and white template unto a light
shade of orange or yellow paper, the children will color only in
designated areas with a brown or orange crayon
1. Glue a few strands of orange, brown or tan yarn around the
lion's mane for texture.
2. Make a paper bag puppet: Tape the assembled head
craft to the flap and print the body portion and glue under
the flap. Template for body in the materials column.
Activities 2: Basic Skills Learning Activities to
conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of
To conduct these activities pieces should be colored decorated and cut
2. Counting and recognizing numerals during the assembly process: Count
out loud how many template pieces are needed to complete the
craft. Add numbers to the back in the order in which they will be
pasted and turn face down
Review the following assembly steps with the children and they can refer
to the small image on the template. It is helpful to display and
assemble one craft in front of large groups by steps.
1. Paste face template within the mane template
2. Paste face features > oval eyes, triangle nose and inner
ears. Make sure to identify recognizable shapes: oval eyes and
Printable Activitie Letter L is for Lion
& Social Studies: Learning about Lions
Other activities: Visit the lion
theme to present an online story, fable (The Lion and the Mouse), picture book or nursery rhymes of your choice.
Paper bag puppet option:
Black & White body