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Panda Craft |  Learn Heart Shape
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Chinese New Year | Valentine's Day | Endangered Animals

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Alphabet > Letter PLetter P is for Panda

Animals > Mammals > Bears > Endangered > Giant Panda

Colors > Black and white

Crafts > Panda Craft
Heart Shapes

Holidays & Seasons >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year
*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day
*June > Zoo & Aquarium Month

Multicultural > China

Numbers Early Math > counting, sizing, sorting

Shapes > Heart > 
Heart Shapes Animals Crafts








Age group: Older toddlers to early elementary 

The giant panda is truly a unique animal 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 panda (two versions) almost entirely assembled with heart shapes (except the eyes).  Many basic skills can be addressed during and after the craft assembly process.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.    

The panda theme crafts are appropriate for Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year, St. Valentine's Day, or for a Bears theme, Endangered Animals Theme. 

Activity #1:  Hearts Panda Crafts  

Hearts Panda Craft (head only) -
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) 

Hearts 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 and red crayon.   Indicate to the children which heart templates to color black and the gray heart is colored red.
Option 3:  For large groups or to recycle left over materials, print black & white templates on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on black, white and red construction paper, left-over paper, or fun foam to obtain pieces needed.  

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 hearts by size - smallest to largest.

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.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

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


Activity #5: The Senses:  
Using the finished hearts theme panda craft, discuss and have the children point to the parts of the body and the five senses:
A simple chant or make your own:
* The panda has ears and can hear just like us, just like us, just like us.
* The panda has paws and can touch and feel things just like us ..
* The panda has a tongue and can taste just like us, . . .
* The panda has eyes and can see just like us, . . .
*  The panda has a nose and can smell just like us, . . .

Hearts
Panda Craft 1
head only - heart shapes
Panda Craft - head only assembled with heart shapes

Templates
*Color
*Black & White

Hearts
Panda Craft 2

Templates
*Color #1, #2
*Black & White #1, #2

Alphabet Printable Activities Letter P Panda
Alphabet Letter P Panda Printable Materials

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

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