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Alphabet > Letter P > P is for Panda 

Animals > Mammals > Endangered > BearsGiant Panda

Crafts > Homemade Toys > Paper Bag Puppets > Hearts Panda

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* Feb 14th > Valentine's Day
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This giant panda theme is one of a collection of easy-to- assemble paper bag puppets for preschool and elementary school children.  These can quickly become one of your favorite  "teaching/ learning helpers" and also great homemade toys! 

Teaching Aid - Color Version
The color version is meant for the educator (parent, preschool teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching helper:
Ideas:
1.  Story time helper | Children's Literature:
The puppet can be the story teller and reader.  It can bring excitement and enthusiasm into reading time.  This "helper" can ask questions to the children during and after the reading.  Later the children can have fun assembling their own puppet.

2.  Introduce new themes and basic skills:  

      A.  Language Arts: Alphabet Letter
P is for Panda printable activities

These activities includes an activity worksheet and companion mini-book, poster, coloring page and handwriting practice worksheets.
      
      B.  Numbers, Shapes and Colors:
The head craft templates provide an opportunity to address skills to identify colors, the heart shape, count the heart patterns and practice number order, and sort the hearts by their size.  Make sure to conduct these activities after cutting out the templates and before the assembly process.  

     C.  Science / Social Studies:  animal facts, habitat, geographyThe Giant Panda activities
The giant panda is a national treasure to the country of China.  The giant panda is a critically endangered animal, about one thousand are left in the wild.  Visit the lesson plan activities to present basic facts about the panda and introduce children to the terms endangered species and extinct.

3.  Potty Training / Dental Care / Nutrition/ Visits to the Doctor / Responsibility:
The puppet can be a great aid in those special times when parents need a fun helper in potty training, dental care, trying a new food,  and give that little nudge and friendly reminder to have the children cooperate in picking up their toys, help in learning how to dress themselves, and even alleviate the anxiety to a visit to the doctor or dentist, or to help introduce a new caregiver, etc.  

4.  Musical Conductor
These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing that new song or nursery rhyme!  Try it!

5.  Safety Issues
The puppet can help introduce and role play safety issues:  how to deal with strangers, fire safety, water safety, crime prevention,  how to call 911 and what to do in an emergency, childhood poison prevention, etc.  Visit the safety theme section for additional materials and resources.

Craft Version and Homemade Toy:  Panda Paper Bag Puppet
1.  Print the templates of your choice in color or black and white version.

2.  The black and white version can be colored in or the templates can be traced and cut-out from black and white craft paper or construction paper.  Suggestion: Replace paper eyes with plastic wiggly eyes for children 3+ and older.

3.  Assemble the head craft first. Conduct the suggested learning activities discussed above in for  Numbers, Shapes and Colors

3. Read and review the illustrated instructions for the craft.

Additional decorations:
Chinese New Year:  Red bow and gold stars stickers on chest area (colors of the Chinese flag)
Valentine's Day
:  add a red or pink heart to chest area - use the ear template to trace and cut out additional heart/s needed.  Write a short greeting message inside the heart.

Panda Paper Bag Puppet Craft
Hearts Theme
Printable Panda Paper Bag Puppet
illustration only
templates below

Color Templates
* head craft
(assemble first)
* arms, chest stripe & heart shaped feet

Black & White Templates
* head craft
(assemble first)
* arms, chest stripe & heart shaped feet

* Assembly instructions

Alphabet Letter P Panda Printable Activities
Alphabet Letter P Panda printable materials and handwriting practice worksheets

Materials:
*paper or construction paper or card stock (black and white)
*something to color or paint with
*lunch size paper bag white or brown


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