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Do you know what one of the biggest highlights of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. is? The panda bears! Unfortunately, these cuties are awfully shy so it takes some finesse to see them in action. However, if you check out today’s zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids series, you can make your very own panda bear zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids. Your kid’s will love pretending to play with this animal, as well as all the other ones! Read on to see how to make the panda and check back tomorrow for another fun zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids!
Panda Bear Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids
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- 1 toilet paper roll
- 1 sheet black construction paper or cardstock
- 1 black foam sheet
- 1 white foam sheet
- craft glue
- glue gun and glue
- black sharpie
- pink marker or sharpie
- medium sized white pom pom
- dog paw stamp
- black stamping ink
- 2 googly eyes
How to Make the Panda Bear Part One:
- In a perfect world, you would be able to find craft rolls at the store that are already rolled in the color you want. However, in my experience, the available colors are rather limited. No worries.. it is surprisingly easy to cover the toilet paper roll in the color of paper you want.
- You don’t want too much excess paper. Line the toilet paper roll up with the bottom edge of the construction paper or cardstock and make a small pencil mark line to denote the length of the toilet paper roll. Move the roll a few inches down the paper and do the same thing. Take a ruler or straight edge and draw a cut line.
- ‘Wrap’ the construction paper around the toilet paper roll to determine how much paper you will need to cover the roll, but not have too much overlap. Again, draw a rough cut line in pencil.
- Cut out the toilet paper roll footprint. It should be a rectangular piece of paper.
- Place the toilet paper roll at the end of the paper. Line it up so that the ends are aligned.
- Apply a thin line of glue on the construction paper directly in front of the toilet paper roll, where the roll touches the paper. Gently ‘roll’ the toilet paper roll onto the glue so that the end if glued on. Then, squeeze glue, covering the rest of the construction paper. Tip: don’t use too much glue. You don’t want glue oozing out the sides and end of the toilet paper roll like a jelly donut. You just want enough glue to ensure the paper sticks to the toilet paper roll.
- ‘Roll’ the rest of the construction paper around the toilet paper roll. Apply another thin layer of glue on the end of the paper in order to ensure the toilet paper roll is completely covered.
- Trim excess paper as needed.
How to Make the Panda Bear Part Two:
- Trace the panda head on the back side of the black foam. The easiest way to do this is to draw a wide circle, about 3-4″ in diameter. Then add the ears to the top of the circle. Remember, it doesn’t really matter if there are tracing marks on the back of the panda bear head. If you are concerned about not being able to see the trace marks, use pencil and then erase the marks after you cut out the head.
- Cut out the panda bear head and trim the foam until you get a panda head shape that you like.
- Cut out a small circle (probably about 1″ in diameter) out of the white foam. This is for the panda bear’s snout.
- Cut out two very small but narrow half oval shapes from the white foam. These circles will be the inside of the panda bear ears, so they need to be small enough to fit inside the ear part of the panda head.
- Cut out a long, thin oval from the white foam sheet. It will need to fit on the front of the toilet paper roll. This is for the panda bear’s belly.
- Stamp two dog paws onto the leftover white foam sheet. Use black permanent stamping ink and a dog paw stamp. (Mine is from Stampin’ Up, but paw stamps are very common). Cut the two paws out, close to the paw outline. Try to cut the paws in a half circle, so that there is a straight line at the bottom of the paw.
- Use the black sharpie to draw the nose and mouth onto the small white circle. If you want, draw a pink tongue under the mouth.
- Glue the googly eyes on with either craft glue or the glue gun. Note: My daughter did help with the googly eyes, but the eyes proved to be a little small for her to manipulate, so she lost interest quickly.
- Use a glue gun to affix the snout and inner ears onto the panda bear head. Then, use the glue gun to glue the panda head to the front of the toilet paper roll, the white belly to the front of the toilet paper roll, and glue the paws to the body of the toilet paper roll.
- For the tail, use either craft glue or the glue gun to affix the white pom pom to the back bottom edge of the toilet paper roll.
There you have it! Who wouldn’t want to play with this super cute panda bear in their pretend play zoo?
One final note: Even though I wanted to make this craft with my daughter, I ended up making most of it on my own. My daughter is 2 years old and still working on all of her fine motor skills. She will love playing with this tiger, and all the other zoo animals I am making. However, her involvement in the creation of this craft was minimal. If your kids are older, they will easily be able to do more of the craft than my 2 year old did.
Thanks for checking out this super cute zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids series!
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