You should always respect wildlife from a distance, that's why crafting your own critters from recycled products is one of the best ways to celebrate awesome biodiversity.
Source: The Best Ideas for Kids
- Tissue box
- Recycled color paper or newspaper
- Glue stick
- Black marker
- Pipe cleaners or shredded paper for whiskers
- Googly eyes (substitute: Cut out animal eyes from magazines or newspapers)
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Before you start, discard any lining from the tissue box.
- Given your available materials, are you going to paint or cover the outside of the tissue box?
- For recycled paper: Select the pieces of paper you want to cover the box with, measure all the box sides, and (with adult supervision) cut paper to those measurements. For tissue box top panel, (with adult supervision) use a craft or precision knife to cut out the oval shape of a tissue box opening. This will later become the animal’s mouth.
- For paint: Prime the outside and inside of the box with white acrylic paint. Allow the white coat to dry before applying your preferred color to the outside of the box.
- With your black marker or Sharpie, trace the “mouth” of the animal (the oval opening of the box).
- Glue your animal’s eyes (options include: googly eyes, cutout animal eyes from newspapers and magazines, or DIY) to the top of the box.
- Using recycled white cardstock or paper, cut out your animal’s teeth and glue to the inside of the tissue box.
- Finally, use pipe cleaners or paper shreds to add whiskers to the sides of the mouth. Ta-da! You have a new animal in the house.