Lions, Tigers & Bears, Oh My!
The Wizard of Oz is a classic. A classic that my parent’s generation enjoys, one that my generation enjoys, and one that my daughter’s generation is learning to enjoy. My daughter is in her obsessive stage with The Wizard of Oz right now. She’s also obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake and Finding Dory, but the Wizard of Oz is on the list. High on the list. One of our favorite parts is the introduction of each character: The Lion, The Tiger, & The Bear. There are some other fantastic characters, clearly, but for some reason those three parts stand out. So clearly we needed to do a craft to extend the movie. And what better kind than a paper plate craft?
I enjoy doing crafts inspired by movies or books because it makes room for comprehension of the story. We are able to talk more about the movie, even if I am just asking her about her favorite parts. She is remembering what happened, making decisions, and more.
Supplies Needed For Lions, Tigers, & Bears Paper Plate Craft:
We cut both the paper plates and the toilet paper rolls in half.
Then we painted each set to go with which animal it is:
Tiger – Orange & Black/Brown Stripes
Lion – Yellow
Bear – Brown
While paint is drying, I cut out the shapes of each head and faces. My daughter glued each piece in place.
When paint is done drying, cut a slit for paper plate on each parallel side of the toilet paper rolls. Add glue to slits, and slide paper plate onto the toilet paper rolls. This creates the body and legs of each animal.
Repeat until all animals are done.
Let glue dry completely before playing. We didn’t and the legs kept falling off!