- paper or card stock (or print directly to gray paper for B&W template)
- coloring tools for black & white templates
The raccoon is a wild animal that is very curious, and adaptable to
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft assembled with heart shapes (except the eyes) and during the process many skills can be addressed.
The heart shapes animal crafts are appropriate for various holidays and events. There is a there is also a head-only version only that is easier for children under age 4.
Craft instructions and learning activities:
- Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
- Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
- Numbers/Pre-Math Activities: Templates should be decorated and cut out.
- Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
- Counting: Count how many of each size there are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
- Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
- Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template.
- 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.
- Paste white heart with small black nose on inverted heart head.
- Paste two black hearts to create (the mask). Paste eyes over these hearts.
- Paste heart feet as one piece on inverted heart body.
- Paste tail diagonally on the back of body.
- Paste assembled head in place.
- Optional: Write letter Rr and the word raccoon in the body or behind the craft
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft:
- Trace and cut templates on fun foam, craft paper remnants, or brown paper bag material.
- Paste wiggly eyes over the printed eyes.
- Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
- Puppet: Glue the craft to a small standard lunch paper bag or to a craft stick for an instant puppet. Decorate the paper bag with additional hearts, buttons, etc.
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