EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Lions and Lambs…Oh My!

Posted on: March 14, 2011

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

In the beginning of March you can literally hear a collective sigh of relief that winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in.  So get your children marching!  Let’s go!

  • Color or paint two white paper plates, hole punch around the rim and string them together with yarn or bright ribbon.  Before the last holes are being put together funnel in some Cheerios or large, dry pasta.  Close the last holes, tie a big bow on the end. March with your tambourines!
  • Cut a paper bag to fit as a coffee can cover.  Color, paint or cut & paste fancy shapes on the paper.  Now glue to the coffee can, put the plastic lid back on and get a spoon.  March with those drums! 
  • Feeling creative?  Blow up a balloon and cover it with paper mache. You will need water and flour.   Instructions: To make paper mache paste, simply mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water. You will want it to be the consistency of thick glue, but you also want it to be runny and not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to remove any lumps.  Tear newspaper into strips and “paste” it on the balloon.  Let dry completely.  Paint the newspaper.  Pop the balloon.  Cut a small hole in the balloon and funnel in dry cereal.  Seal the hole with paper mache (following directions).  March with your hand-held maracas!
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Now that you’ve got instruments for your marching band, let’s get those lions and lambs on the move!

Little lions are roaring to get started.  How should they look?  Like the king of the jungle of course!

  • White or yellow paper plates make great lion masks, cut out the inside circle of the plate.
  • Let your little one cut out yellow squares and glue them to the border rim of the plate. 
  • Cut out yellow paper strips and roll them. 
  • Glue or staple the yellow rolls to the outside of the paper plate circle so that they look like the curly mane of the lion.
  • Punch a hole in each side of the plate and attach yarn. 
  • Tie the yarn around your child so your child’s face is now framed with a lion’s mane….. rrroooarrr!

 
Little lambs want to be in the marching band too!  How should they look? Soft and sweet.                           

  • White paper plates are perfect for little lambs: cut out the inside circle of a paper plate. 
  • Let your little one glue cotton balls to the border rim of the plate. 
  • Cut out two black rectangles that are rounded on one short side and glue one to the cotton balls on each side of the plate (these are little lamb ears). 
  • Pick out some big ribbon or a strip of cloth and make a bow. 
  • Glue or staple the bow to the bottom of the plate. 
  • Punch a hole in each side of the plate and attach yarn. 
  • Tie the yarn around your child so your child’s face is now framed as a soft little lamb….. bbbaaahhh.
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Grab your instruments and spring masks and be a springtime marching band!
                                                                            

“The weather roars like a lion and calms like a lamb. All in one day of spring.”

K.Stapleton

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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