Easy Bunny Craft for Preschool and Baby Chick Craft for Kids

Inside: Two simple paper plate animal crafts ideas (rabbit and chick) that children in kindergarten can make around Spring and Easter. Free template included.

I was thinking of a good project for easter and spring that would get the children using scissors without having to cut through long lines, since I noticed most of the 2 and 3 year olds that I am currently teaching enjoy more doing small snip cuts with the scissors. I thought the “liney” texture that come on most paper plates would be a good guide to help the children do these snip cuts straight, achieving a result that is pleasing to the eye since the little cuts make the bunny and the baby chick look “fluffy” without having to glue the usual feathers or cotton balls.

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How to Make a Paper Plate Bunny Craft

Materials:

  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A copy of the free printable (download it at the end of this page)
  • Anything to add colour (I like these markers)

Process:

1.Print a copy of the Bunny template (download it at the end of this page).

2. Add colour to your life and your template.

3. Cut out the bird’s eyes + mouth + wings from your all-coloured template.

4. Here I’d stick the face to the paper plate before the next step so the children can feel as if they are trimming the bunny’s hair.

5. Make snap cuts with scissors all around the paper plate.

6. Stick the bunny ears to your fluffy-looking plate.

That’s it!

Et voilá, it’s a Bunny!

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123 numbers of Free Printable Numbers Bundle to teach number recognition that suits any language. Each number design has an X amount of cute animal faces within the number shape (i.e: Number 3 has 3 little pigs) for kids to count.

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How to Make a Paper Plate Baby Chick Craft

Materials:

  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A copy of the free printable (download it at the end of this page)
  • Anything to add colour (I like these markers)
  • Pipe cleaners

Process:

1.Print a copy of the Baby Chick template (download it at the end of this page).

2. Add colour to your template. I personally like to add colour around the black lines. Your children don’t have to be as exact when following the black-line and you get around those white parts that will stand out once you place the cut out piece over a coloured background.

2. Cut out the bird’s eyes + mouth + wings from your all-coloured template.

3. Here I’d stick the face to the paper plate before the next step so the children could feel as if they where trimming the baby chick’s furrage. Ooh la lá!

4. Make snap cuts with scissors all around the paper plate.

5. Stick the eyes and the mouth on the paper plate. BUT WAIT! Before adding any glue, have a little play moving around the eyes, mouth and wings in different parts of the plate to find the one position that feels just right. Doesn’t it feel good?

6. Add wings to the back of the plate using tape or glue stick.

7. Make the chick’s legs using two halves of a pipe cleaner.

The chick is ready to go!

Complement the craft activity with a baby chick dance

Since I am Mexican, I’m one to admit that this craft reminds me lots of a classic performance in kindergarten festivals so below is a video of the song that has played in Mexican preschools for centuries. This dance might as well become part of the curriculum:

If you are more of a bunny person, here’s a rabbit dance for kindergarten:

Bonus idea! Make a Simple Chick Easter Card and a Cheeky Bunny Easter Card for Kids

Use the chick and bunny templates to make a beautiful and simple easter card. Do the same steps than the tutorial for paper plate chick craft above, but instead of using a paper plate use colored paper folded in half.

Add a nice message to your card to make it extra especial!

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10 Easy Dia de los Muertos Crafts for Preschool Kids

#dayofthedead diademuertos #diadelosmuertos #mexicandayofthedead #mexicancrafts #sugarskulls

Inside: Ideas for arts and craft projects and classroom decorations that preschool children can make to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos.

As a Mexican preschool teacher working in the UK, I find it very important to share my culture with our children because they are developing in a global society and we can all benefit from more exposure to different cultures and traditions than the ones we experience at home.

This will not only bring creativity to their ideas as they grow up but also can help to develop a sense of diverse community and tolerance that is much needed in our modern world.

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10 Easy Day of The Dead Crafts for Kids

I’ve put together this list of simple craft projects that young children can make to celebrate Mexican Día de Muertos this November (or end of October, if you want to pair it up with Halloween celebrations).

I hope you and your kids enjoy them!

1. Paper Plate Day of The Dead Sugar Skulls

Catrina Paper Plate skulls to make with kids for Day of the Dead #dayofthedead #paperplate #craft #halloweenCatrina Paper Plate skulls to make with kids for Day of the Dead #dayofthedead #paperplate #craft #halloween

These adorable Día de Muertos Skulls come with a free printable template of the eyes for the sugar skull that you can easily cut and paste into a paper plate to then decorate with your favourite craft materials.

Find the printable and step by step tutorial by yours truly here in Box of Ideas.

2. Sugar Skull Black Glue Art Project

Sugar skull black glue art project by i Heart Crafty Things

If you haven’t used black glue with your children, what better time to do it than around Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations? You can either buy it on Amazon or make your own following the tutorial over I Heart Crafty Things.

3. Neon Day of the Dead Mask

Neon Day of The Dead Mask By Arty Crafty Kids

These skulls use neon pens to get that “glowy” effect that I bet your craftiest kids will go nuts for. If you run out of ideas for a halloween costume you can always let the kids do your make-up with these pens. Cyber-Punk Preschool Teacher Costume? Anybody? …ok.

Check out the tutorial for this mask over Arty Crafty Kids.

4. Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint

Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint by Color Made Me Happy

 

These calorie-free sugar skulls look great indoors and outdoors. The fact that you decorate them using puffy paint makes them a complete sensory experience that continues after the paint is dry. Don’t you also get tiny bits of joy when you feel dry puffy paint with your fingers? Ooooh yeah.

See the tutorial over Color Made Happy.

 

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Stamped Ladybirds for Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art activity for Preschool Kids using Apples. #preschool #crafts #apples #stamped
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5. Paper Day of the Dead Luminaires

Make these luminaires to light up your ofrendas of Día de Muertos. They are so simple to make that you can quickly make enough luminaires for every ancester your children have had all the way back to the Flinstones Age.

Get the template over Red Ted Art.

6. Day of the Dead Paper Puppet

 

 

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The best thing about this paper puppet is that each child can put it together as crazy as they want. The template includes print-ready accesories such as hair flowers and a sombrero to make unique calaveras.

Day of the Dead Paper Puppet Template by Red Ted Art

In the picture above you can see the skull puppet I made which is supposed to look like one of my favourite Mexican artists who happens to be dead. Can you guess who it is?

Grab the printable over Red Ted Art.

7. DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks

DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks by Red Ted Art

A good way to encourage children to read more is to let them make their own bookmars. Even if the book they are reading doesn’t belong to their household, seeing their own bookmarks in the books can give the kids a sense of ownership to keep reading.

Follow the tutorial to make these Day of the dead themed bookmarks over Red Ted Art.

8. Sugar Skull Craft – Painted Flower Pots

Sugar Skulls Painted Flower Pots by Color Made Happy

Day of the Dead-ify a bunch of tiny flower pots to decorate your Día de Muertos shrine. If you don’t want to use plants because children give you enough beings to keep alive, you can also put a small veladora or tea light.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

9. Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls

Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls by Red Ted Art

If your kids can’t find smooth rocks lying around, you can get a bag from Amazon. Wait a minute… are there any preschool teachers with enough extra budget to buy ROCKS?

Check out the tutorial on Red Ted Art.

10. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins by Color Made Happy

If you have a bilingual classroom, why not make a multicultural craft that involves Halloween AND Dia de Muertos in the same project? These skull-looking pumpkins are a great way to marry both holidays in the same craft.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

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Complete the Xmas Characters: Santa, Reindeer and Snowman (Christmas Craft Activity for Kids)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

 

A winter arts and craft activity where kids have to use different materials to complete the pictures of three famous characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman!
Free printable included (link at the bottom of the post).

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Craft using different materials to complete the pictures of three popular Christmas characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman! #christmas #craft #kids
Complete the Christmas characters

(Video) Incomplete Xmas Characters

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DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

How to play:

Print the incomplete drawings of the Christmas characters (link to free printable included at the bottom of this post) and gather different materials to craft the rest of the pictures.

Can you find something that resembles Santa’s fluffy beard?

Santa Claus Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #santaclaus

Rudolph needs some antlers and a big red nose to guide the way for the other reindeer!

Raindeer Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #raindeer

That snowman (or snow-woman) is getting cold! Do you mind making a nice warm scarf for him/her to wear? (and a nose, mouth and couple of buttons would be nice too, thank you!)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

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Incomplete illustrations of these characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snow-person

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More ways to play:

Go natural: Go outside and find resources in nature that you can use for this activity. Sticks for the reindeer’s antlers? YES!

Go green: Use only recycled trash to craft your Christmas characters. I reckon Mr. Snowman would fancy a really nice scarf made out of candy wrappers 🙂

 

* This activity was inspired by the guest activity “Complete the Animals” done in collaboration with the fantastic blog The Best Ideas for Kids – Check it out!

 

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3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Day of the Dead Skulls! (Easy Halloween Alternative Craft for Kids Using Paper Plates)

Paper Plate Mexican skulls to make with kids for Day of the Dead at school #dayofthedead #paperplate #craft #halloween

Inside: A simple skeleton craft preschool kids can make for a Day of the Dead celebration.

“Día de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead in Spanish) is such a colorful celebration that is gaining momentum around the world outside of Mexico! Why not make a few skulls with your kids?

These Catrinas – type craft look great decorating walls or Day of the Dead offering tables.

You might want to check these 10 Easy Dia de los Muertos Crafts for Preschool.

#dayofthedead diademuertos #diadelosmuertos #mexicandayofthedead #mexicancrafts #sugarskulls Day of the Dead Activities for Kids

(VIDEO) Paper Plate Calaveras for Day of the Dead:

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Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page.

2. Cut out and paste the skull’s eyes and nose hole to a paper plate.

3. Chop the paper plate’s “cheeks”.

4. Decorate your skull however you want! Felt tips are great for quick results but also look great with other materials such as paint or even playdough 🙂

 

Printable Preview:

PDF with a template of 3 skulls’ eyes and nose hole.

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Pictures of the paper plate skulls from last Dia de Muertos:

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

You might want to check these 10 Easy Dia de los Muertos Crafts for Preschool.

#dayofthedead diademuertos #diadelosmuertos #mexicandayofthedead #mexicancrafts #sugarskulls Day of the Dead Activities for Kids

 

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Doors and Windows Coloring Printable For DIY Recycled Town, Cardboard City or Paper Dollhouse

Doors and Window Printables a fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #diykids #printable #greencrafts #rainbowcraft

 

Save time making DIY toy houses and buildings with recycled materials by printing these lovely doors and windows.

That way you can use the extra time to make entire towns, cities or even a huge dollhouse mansion (or would that be called a “dollmansion”?).

* Rainbow Town was inspired by the book “My Colour is Rainbow” by Agnes Hsu, a short children’s book about acceptance (much needed nowadays!) *

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About the printable

It is a PDF with 3 pages:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Signs

The Doors and Windows come in a sort-of medieval looking style and a few of them can “open and close” for extra fun.

The Signs page comes with a big “Welcome to Rainbow Town” entrance sign because this printable came to life for a guest post I had the chance to make with the amazing Hello Wonderful (you can see the full tutorial here).

There are also a bunch of blank signs so the kids can draw whatever symbols or words they need for their buildings.

In the Rainbow Town, we included symbols for a Pastry shop, a Flower shop, a Hat shop and a School (which I clearly chose badly because my wife thought the building with the apple symbol was a fruit shop, lol).

Welcome to Rainbow town sign for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #rainbows #kidscraft #papertown

How to use it:

Super easy!

  • Paint or wrap in recycling paper any cardboard box or whatever empty package you have without bugs in it.
  • Choose which of the windows and doors would fit better for your building.
  • Color them in, cut them out and paste them in place.
  • Voilá! You have a building!

If you’d like to see a complete step-by-step tutorial on how the toilet-roll houses and juice-box buildings of Rainbow Town were made, hop over to the guest post at Hello Wonderful.

Colourful Hotel for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #cardboardcraft

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Teamwork and Community Activity for Kids:

If you have a group of kids, have them all make one or two buildings of their choice and put together a town where all of them contribute to make it beautiful!

You can expect to have several of the same type of building, and that’s ok! (Police stations and Supermarkets will probably be easy to find in your town) you can always encourage the kids to make more buildings if you want the town to have a more diverse range of public spaces 🙂

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Examples of finished buildings and houses:

Note: This idea was created in collaboration with Hello Wonderful (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see Box of Ideas’ guest post over there.

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