Panda Craft | Learn Heart Shape
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Valentine's Day | Endangered Animals
Alphabet > Letter P > Letter P is for Panda
Animals > Mammals > Bears > Endangered > Giant Panda
Colors > Black and white
Crafts > Panda Craft
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.
*Glue or glue stick
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