Panda Craft | Circle Shape | Alphabet Letter P
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Chinese New Year | Endangered Animals

Themes Instructions and Suggestions Materials
Alphabet > Letter PLetter P is for Panda

Animals > Mammals > Bears > Endangered > Giant Panda

Colors > Black and white

Crafts > Panda Craft
Heart Shapes

Holidays and Events >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year
*June > Zoo & Aquarium Month

Multicultural > China

Numbers Early Math > counting, sizing, sorting

Shapes > Circle

Age group: Older toddlers to early elementary 

The giant panda is truly a unique bear that is recognized and loved the world over.  The giant panda is revered in its homeland, the country of China.

Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a giant panda (two versions) entirely assembled with circle shapes. The large craft version has chest and arms template that can be pre-pasted over circle body.  During and after the assembly process many basic skills can be addressed.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.    

The panda theme crafts are appropriate for many educational topics listed in the themes column.

Activity #1:  Circles Panda Crafts  

Circles Panda Craft 1 (head only can be pasted to a CD ROM) -
this version has large pieces and is suitable for older toddlers to under age 6 and large groups (Note: pre-paste small eyes for toddlers) 

Circles Panda - Ages 3.5+ 
(version with body)

Review your options for printing the craft version of your choice as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Option 1
:   Print craft color templates of your choice and assist with scissor cutting when needed.  Encourage  older children to cut out their own templates as much as possible.  Conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2:  Print black and white templates. Children will only need a black crayon or marker.   Indicate to the children which templates to color black.
Option 3:  For large groups or to recycle left over materials.

1. Print black & white templates on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on black and left-over paper, construction paper or fun foam sheets to obtain pieces needed.
2. Panda craft with body: For younger children, pre-paste the chest and arms templates on the body circle and distribute.  Suggestion:  paste the arms templates at the shoulder so arms can be moved up and down.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1.  Replace eyes template with medium plastic wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template (for children ages 3+ only)
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.
4.  Puppet:  For the head craft tape it to craft stick (Popsicle stick or tongue depressor) for an instant hand puppet or make a paper bag puppet using the assembled panda head craft and a few additional templates.
5.  Attach the finished craft to a handprint wreath made with red and decorated with yellow star the colors of the national flag of China.

Activities #2:
  Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors.

Numbers/Early-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the circles into piles by size and then these piles from largest to smallest.

2. Counting:  Count how many of each size there are and how many in total to assemble the craft. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  Include the paper eyes or wiggly eyes in this activity.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Activity 4: Alphabet Printable Activities Letter P Panda

Activity 3:  Science & Social Studies: Learning about the Giant Panda, an endangered animal

Panda Craft 1

head only-fits over a CD ROM
Panda Craft - head only assembled with heart shapes
Panda Craft 2
Circle Panda Craft
Illustrations only
templates below

Alphabet Printable Activities Letter P Panda
Alphabet Letter P Printable

Circles Panda 
Craft (head only)
*Black & White

Circles Panda Craft (with body
*Color 1
*Color 2

*Black/White 1
*Black/White 2

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with

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