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Panda Craft | Circle Shape | Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Chinese New Year | Endangered Animals

Activities Materials

The giant panda is truly a unique bear that is recognized and loved the world over. The giant panda is revered in its homeland, the country of China.

Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a giant panda (two versions) entirely assembled with circle shapes. The head only craft has large pieces and is suitable for older toddlers to under age 6 and large groups. Note: pre-paste small eyes for toddlers. The large craft version has chest and arms template that can be pre-pasted over circle body. During and after the assembly process many basic skills can be addressed. Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.

The panda theme crafts are appropriate for many educational topics listed in the themes column.

Activity 1: Circles Panda Crafts
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 crayon or marker. Indicate which templates to color black.
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 paper material, or fun foam sheets to obtain pieces needed.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

  • Replace eyes template with medium plastic wiggly eyes (for children ages 3+ only).
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.
  • Puppet: For the head craft tape it to craft stick (Popsicle stick or tongue depressor) or make a paper bag puppet using the assembled panda head craft and a few additional templates.
  • Attach the finished craft to a handprint wreath made with red and decorated with yellow star the colors of the national flag of China.

Activities 2: Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out. Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

  • Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.Ask the children to identify the colors.

Numbers/Early-Math Activities:

  • Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the circles into piles by size and then these piles from largest to smallest.
  • 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. Include the paper eyes or wiggly eyes in this activity.

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. After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Activity 3:
Letter P Panda lesson plan printable activities

Activity 4:
Science & Social Studies: Learning about the Giant Panda, an endangered animal

Panda Craft | Circle Shape | Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities - Chinese New Year | Endangered Animals
Circles Panda Craft1
(head only)


Black & White

Circle Panda Craft
Circles Panda Craft 2

Color 1 & 2

Black & White 1 & 2

Alphabet Printable Activities Letter P Panda

Alphabet Letter P Printable Activities

*Glue or glue stick
*paper, card stock, construction paper
*coloring tools