Does your family eat a lot of eggs? If they do, you may find you have too many empty egg cartons lying around your house.
What do you do with them? Your children may be surprised at the number of animals you can make from egg cartons. Why not show them a few?
You don’t know how to make egg carton animals?
Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon have a barnyard full of them.
The things you’ll need for this craft are egg cartons (of course), scissors or craft knife (for adult use only), markers or tempera paints, google eyes and pipe cleaners or chenille stems.
It is best to keep children from using craft knives in order to keep them safe.
When your child is ready to make some of these animals, you or another adult will want to use the craft knife to separate the cups from the egg cartons.
Keep a supply of separated cups on hand so the children won’t have to wait.
To make a ladybug, you’ll need to have red egg cartons.
If you don’t have this color carton, your child can color them red with markers or paint them with tempera paint.
Using black paint, then make the head and spots on the ladybug’s back.
Make a line down the cup to denote the split between the wings.
An adult will make three holes on each side at the base of the cup and two on the head of the ladybug.
Push black pipe cleaners through the holes to make the legs and half a pipe cleaner for the antennae.
Glue a pair of google eyes onto the ladybug and allow her to dry before playing with her.
Spiders are made in a very similar manner.
They don’t have to be a particular color, however, so you can leave them as they are or paint them.
You decide how you want your spider to look.
Rather than poking only three holes at the base of each side of the cup, you’ll want to make four holes since spiders have eight legs.
Using pipe cleaners again, push them through the holes to make the legs. Draw or paint a face on the spider.
Make a bat using three egg carton cups which are still connected.
The middle cup will remain intact while the outside will have part of the cup cut away to create wings.
Poke a hole in the center of the middle cup and run a piece of yarn, fishing line or a rubber band through it.
Make a knot at the end to keep it in the cup. Decorate the face by painting it or using markers.
Your child might be able to think of other animals you can make from egg cartons.
Let them use their imagination and they might come up with animals you hadn’t considered.
They may also use the egg cartons to create other objects.
Encourage their creativity and join them in the fun.
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