Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire is a fun book to read for Dr. Seuss Week (or any day of the year). The book, originally published in 1960, has withstood the test of time as a favorite book for exploring colors with kids. Pair the book with assorted colors of Wikki Stix for an easy, yet fun, leopard spots craft kids can create independently.
Prior to creating the leopard craft, read the book, Put Me in the Zoo, to your kids. Kids will delight in the story about a leopard that wants to belong in the zoo. They’ll have fun learning about colors with the leopard who can change the colors of his spots. After reading the book, make an invitation to create the colorful leopard spots craft by placing all the supplies out on a table. Kids are naturally drawn to colorful supplies and will be excited to create with Wikki Stix.
Materials for the Colorful Leopard Craft:
- Assorted rainbow colors of Wikki Stix PLUS white/black for the leopard’s eyes
- Yellow construction paper – or download the free template provided here.
- One craft (popsicle) stick per child
- Cut out the yellow circle from the free template or invite kids to cut a circle from yellow construction paper. Note: if using construction paper, kids can draw a circle using the edge of a paper plate and cut it out.
- Each child can wrap the craft stick in yellow Wikki Stix and then cut smaller pieces of assorted colors of Wikki Stix to make balls (spots) to place on the craft stick. When finished with the craft stick, set it aside while designing the leopard craft.
- Kids can make any facial features for the leopard desired with white and black Wikki Stix. Kids may wish to create eyes, a nose, ears, and/or a mouth for their leopard with Wikki Stix. Note: Wikki Stix can be easily cut with safety scissors, but younger kids may need assistance with cutting.
- To create the colorful spots for the leopard craft: cut assorted colors of Wikki Stix in half and then invite kids to form balls for their leopard. The balls can be placed on the template or yellow circle to create the leopard’s spots for the craft.
- When finished, place the craft stick behind the craft and press firmly. There is no need for glue or tape as the Wikki Stix-wrapped craft stick will adhere to the paper leopard with firm fingertip pressure.
The Wikki Stix colorful leopard crafts are fun for kids to create during Dr. Seuss Week, Read Across America Day (March 2 to coincide with the birthday of Dr. Seuss), or to make any reading of Put Me in the Zoo extra special with a unique Wikki Stix leopard spots craft.
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