Rediscover some of the joy in traditional kindergarten crafts.
In preparation for the zoo, I can remember Mrs. Aires (my kindergarten teacher) talking about the animals. She went over some of the animals we might see and explained some of their dominant characteristics. Of course, before and after the trip, we would craft all kinds of goodies to take home to our parents. The one below is my favorite.
Paper Plate Lion: Paint the top of a paper plate a brown/orange color. Let dry. Cut slits about 1-inch wide and 2 inches long all the way around the edge of the plate. “Fluff up” the lion’s mane by gently folding alternate strips up and down. Glue on pompoms for the cheeks (brown) and nose (red). Add whiskers by cutting pipe cleaners, each about 6 inches long. Put a generous amount of glue on one end of each pipe cleaner piece and poke 3 or 4 under the bottom side of each cheek. Hang up your lion or add a stick and turn him into a puppet.
I wanted to take this approach in discovering the Honolulu Zoo. In the next few days, I plan on finding free time, and creating Hawaiian animal puppets or coloring a ‘Lilo and Stitch’ drawing, perhaps!! Being five again, isn’t so bad!