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 head only craft has large pieces and is suitable for older
toddlers to under age 6 and large groups. Note:
pre-paste small eyes for toddlers. 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
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
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
Option 2: Print black and white templates.Children
will only need a black crayon or marker. Indicate which templates to color black.
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 paper material,
or fun foam sheets to obtain pieces needed.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
- Replace eyes template with medium plastic wiggly eyes (for children ages 3+ only).
- Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration
- Puppet: For the head craft tape it to craft stick
(Popsicle stick or tongue depressor) or
make a paper
bag puppet using the assembled panda head craft and a few
- 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
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out. Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template.Ask the children to
identify the colors.
- Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
circles into piles by size and then these piles from largest to
- 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.
3: Letter P Panda lesson plan printable activities
Activity 4: Science
& Social Studies: Learning about the Giant Panda, an endangered
Circles Panda Craft1
Black & White
Circles Panda Craft 2
Color 1 & 2
Black & White 1 & 2
Alphabet Letter P Printable Activities
*Glue or glue stick
*paper, card stock, construction paper