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the Respectful Raccoon
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*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day
June > Zoo and Aquarium
Numbers | Math > Activities: Counting, Sizing, Sorting
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
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
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
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
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
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.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts by size - smallest to largest.
2. Counting: Count how many of each size there are and
how many in total to assemble the craft. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers. In this activity you may want
to also count the eyes.
Proceed with craft assembly.
Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see
how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the
pieces. Save this small image to be used later as a sticker
in other learning activities. With large groups, assemble a craft
by steps in front of the group.
Assembly Craft 1 - face only
1. Paste small black nose on white heart.
2. Paste the white heart on inverted large heart > head.
3. Paste two black hearts horizontally to create (the
mask). Paste eyes over these hearts.
4. Paste inner black ears inside gray ears.
5. Paste assembled ears to head.
5. Optional: Write letter R and the word raccoon in the
body or behind the craft
Assembly craft #2 (with body)
Assemble head pieces first:
1. Paste white heart
with small black nose on inverted heart head.
2. Paste two black hearts to create (the mask). Paste eyes
over these hearts.
Assemble body pieces next:
4. Paste heart feet as one piece on inverted heart body.
5. Paste tail diagonally on the back of body.
6. Paste assembled head in place.
7. Optional: Write letter R and the word raccoon in the
body or behind the craft
After completing the craft
the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of
the activities below.
Activity 2: Science
& Social Studies: Raccoon facts and images
Activity 3: Language Arts:
letter R raccoon printable activities and handwriting practice
Activity 4: Present
a Raccoon Theme Picture Book
Here is a small selection of beautifully illustrated raccoon theme
Activity 5: Character Education > Respect
Read and print the online story Rusty
the Respectful Raccoon, and visit the parent
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with