DIY: Pa­per an­i­mals

Cre­ate a mag­i­cal world of make-be­lieve where pa­per an­i­mals walk around on wash­ing peg legs

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YOU WILL NEED:

Pa­per plates Old clothes pegs Scis­sors Crayons Glue Coloured pa­per (op­tional)

STEP 1

Draw the out­line of your tod­dler’s favourite an­i­mal in the cen­tre of the pa­per plate. Cut it out, or let your tod­dler do it if he has man­aged the skill (but watch him care­fully for safety rea­sons).

STEP 2

Have your child colour his an­i­mals in to bring them to life.

STEP 3

Peg the legs and head into po­si­tion. Your an­i­mal will now be able to stand. Show your tot how to make them “walk”.

STEP 4

If you like, cut a wa­ter­ing hole out of blue pa­per and grass out of green pa­per to cre­ate a habi­tat for your an­i­mals. Th­ese peg an­i­mals are not only great to play with, but can also be dis­played on a float­ing shelf in your child’s bed­room.

This ac­tiv­ity will help with the de­vel­op­ment of cut­ting and colour­ing skills. It will also boost your child’s cre­ativ­ity and by play­ing with the an­i­mals and nam­ing them, your tod­dler learns about role play as well as imag­i­na­tive play.

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