for ages 18 months & up with Adult Participation and/or Supervision
Penguins, polar bears, and kids..... Oh my! Today we will be showing you how to make adorable animal headband crafts that are perfect for pretend play. Last year my son had an amazing preschool teacher who made the cutest hat & headband crafts with the kids. It always made me smile when picking him up from school and he would be wearing the craft they made earlier that day. At home, I would catch his little sister playing with them - so cute!
Since they enjoyed those crafts, I decided to make a penguin hat with my son and a polar bear headband with my daughter. She doesn't know how to use a scissors yet but I still wanted her to be involved in making the craft which is why I chose to make a polar bear. This way she could tear the cotton balls and glue them on.
Constuction paper - we used jumbo construction paper
Optional: tape or stapler
About 30 minutes per craft, longer if making both or with more than 1 child.
Find 1 black, 1 orange, and 1 white sheet of construction paper.
Instructions for the Penguin Hat:
Lightly sketch a semi circle on the black paper. On the white, sketch a slightly smaller semi circle with a small 'V' in the center (please refer to the photo). Draw a triangle shape for the beak on the orange paper. Have the child cut the pieces out.
In the meantime, I cut & sized the headband part. Using the black paper I drew a horizontal line about 1-2 inches from the top. I used the jumbo construction paper pad as my guideline so that the line remained straight. You will need to cut 2 pieces and then tape or staple it together to create one long strip. Wrap it around the child's head so that it is snug, but not too tight. Tape or staple accordingly, then cut the extra off.
When all the pieces are cut, the child can glue the white onto the black and then glue on the googly eyes. Alternatively, you could use construction paper for the eyes or color them on. Fold the bottom edge of the triangle (about 1 cm) and add glue to just the folded part. Place this part so that it sticks to the backside of the face. Next, glue the penguin face to the headband.
Instructions for the Polar Bear Headband:
Make a headband the same way as in the instructions for the penguin hat. Cut 2 white ears. Have the child tear cotton balls into smaller pieces. Place glue on the ears. Since I was making this with my toddler, she squeezed white school glue on, then used a paintbrush to brush it over the entire ear - I went over the areas she missed.
Next, place the cotton balls on until the entire ear is covered. Repeat with the other ear. Glue, staple, or tape the ears to the headband.
Now your little ones are ready to waddle around or roar! My toddler loves pretending to roar so I knew a polar bear would be a big hit with her. My son is obsessed with penguins and has an entire entourage of stuffed animal penguins that he plays with every day. Now he can pretend to be one of them.... tee, hee!
Not only are these animal headbands great for pretend play, they are fun to use with songs and books.
Songs & Book suggestions:
Your Personal Penguin - We adore Sandra Boynton books!
Penguin songs - 6 Little Penguins, 3 Little Penguins, and I'm a Little Penguin
That's not my polar bear... A cute toddler book with texture. My 2 year old thinks it's funny and loves to pretend to read it back to me.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear turn around.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch the ground.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear bend down low.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch your toe.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear slide on the ice.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear reach up high.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear touch the sky.
- Jean Warren
Have you made a polar bear or penguin craft in the past? We would love to hear about them in the comments!
Amanda (artsy_momma) is a mommy blogger who enjoys making crafts with her children and encouraging them through play-based activities. You can follow them on their creative learning journey by heading over to their Crafts-N-Things for Children blog. Amanda also has a passion for creating Handprint and Footprint art. You can find her blogging everything from precious keepsakes & holiday art to just for fun crafts.
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