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Age group: Older toddlers to early
The raccoon is a wild animal that is very curious, and adaptable to many environments. Let's learn more!
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a raccoon (two versions) almost entirely assembled with heart shapes (except the eyes). Many basic skills can be addressed during and after the craft assembly process. Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.
The heart raccoon theme crafts are appropriate for St. Valentine's Day, and other related holidays, Forest theme or Urban animals theme.
Activity #1: Hearts Raccoon Crafts
Craft #1: Hearts Raccoon (head only) Ages 2.5+ this version has large pieces and is suitable for older toddlers to under age 6 and large groups (Note: pre-paste small eyes for toddlers)
Craft #2: Hearts Raccoon - Ages 4+ (version with body)
- this version has smaller pieces and is suitable for ages 4+ and older (Note: pre-paste small eyes for younger children)
Review your options for printing the craft version of your choice as well assembly options that best meet your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color templates of your choice and assist with scissor cutting when needed. Encourage older children to cut out their own templates as much as possible. Conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black and white templates. Children will only need a black and red crayon. For craft 1, the template indicates which templates to color black and gray.
Option 3: For large groups or to recycle left over materials, print black & white templates on card stock and use as a master template. Trace the patterns directly on black and gray construction paper, left-over paper, or fun foam to obtain pieces needed.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1. Replace eyes template with medium plastic wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template (for children ages 3+ only)
3. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.
4. Puppet: For the head craft tape it to craft stick (Popsicle stick or tongue depressor) for an instant hand puppet or make a paper bag puppet using the assembled panda head craft.
Activities #2: Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template. Ask the children to
identify the colors.
*Glue or glue stick
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