Mini Makers: Two Quick Jungle Crafts

jungle crafts

The kids’ nursery were asking for help with their jungle-themed summer fete. I jumped at the chance to get stuck into helping with the craft tent. Only problem was I’m not the greatest at super quick, super cheap craft projects with a jungle theme. I was a little stumped to be honest. I came up with a paper plate parrot and this cute wooden spoon lion puppet.

For the lion spoon puppet you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Brown and red felt tip pens
  • Googly eyes
  • Gold glitter
  • Orange paint and a fork
  • Yellow card
  • Wooden disposable spoon

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries1. Cut a 10cm diameter circle out of yellow card.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

2. Use the back of a fork to print a mane design around the edge of the circle. Add a sprinkle of glitter and leave to dry.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

3. Use glue to stick the googly eyes onto the back of the spoon. Draw a nose and smile using felt tip pens. Cut a slit about 1cm wide widthways across the circle just under halfway down and slide the spoon into it. Add double-sided tape to the underside of the spoon and at the back to keep it in place.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

4. Make snips all around the mane and use your fingers to bend the snips upwards. Make a little tail out of yellow and orange card and a pair of ears, then glue in place.

For the paper plate parrot you will need:

  • 1 paper plate
  • Felt tip pens
  • Googly eyes
  • Blue, red and yellow coloured card
  • A few craft feathers
  • Glue stick

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

1. Cut the paper plate in half. Colour or paint one half red. Divide the other part of the plate in half vertically and colour or paint one side yellow and the other blue.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

2. Cut the wings out of yellow, red and blue card and glue them together layering up the largest to smallest. Stick a craft feather on top.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

3. Stick the wing on top of the red body part of the parrot, sticking out slightly.

kids jungle crafts - little button diaries

4. Use glue to stick the body and head together. To finish, cut a few lengths of ribbon and stick onto the back of the body at the bottom for a tail.

So there we have it, two very quick jungle crafts for kids! Harper’s finishing up with nursery for the summer before she embarks on the big journey of school in September. PTA I’m coming for ya!

~ Laura xx ~

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