|The snake was so long that it was difficult to photograph!|
|These are the completed snakes. You can see the loft stairs below!|
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To create the animals, I just took the patterns from the Zoo Book that is on our website and basically multiplied the size times five! So if the pattern called for a five inch square for the head of an animal, I cut out a 25 inch square, and then cut off the corners as usual! As far as the patterns were concerned, such as for the head of the alligator, I had to just sort of sketch it out myself because I couldn't possibly enlarge the pattern on the xerox machine to that size! So I just "eyeballed it" and took my best guess, figuring that it needed to look a little childish anyway, and it worked out just fine! When I was finished putting the animal together, I took another look at it, and if a body part appeared to be a bit too large, I trimmed it down a bit until it looked right.
|This is how I cut out the leopard.|
|I folded and doubled the paper for the legs, ears, and tails.|
|The kids painted the background color, and then added the details when it was dry.|
|I painted the face for them, but the children painted the claws and spots.|
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A great book to read with this is Actual Size. It is also a great time for the children to measure the animals and discuss if we really managed to make the animals close to their actual size. (Hint: Most of them were still too small!)
|This a great book to read to the children with this project!|
1. Have an extra volunteer or two on hand to help.
2. Tape down the animals outside on the concrete so that you can let the children paint them freely, and then they can go right off the edge without worry. It leaves an interesting painted mark on the concrete that tends to look a bit like a zoo animal crime scene, LOL!