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The Best Lion Craft Ideas for Preschool

lion crafts for preschool

The King of the Jungle holds great fascination for small children – those rows of razor-sharp teeth, that flowing golden mane, and that earth-rumbling roar are, ironically enough, huge attractions for little kids! 

If you’re on the lookout for a few new crafting ideas to keep your preschooler occupied, check out these 7 best lion craft ideas. All of these are great fun and guaranteed to keep your child (and you!) entertained for hours.

#1 The Pretty Paper Plate Lion

Your little one has most likely completed a similar craft in the past, but there’s no harm in him making this super cute paper plate lion. The project is also a great opportunity to develop and enhance fine motor skills.

For supplies, you’ll need to gather up popsicle sticks, tape, paper plates, a paint brush, colored construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, and googly eyes. The process is relatively simple and you can follow the tutorial on Super Simple here

#2 The Paper Tube Lion

No crafting tutorial would be complete without an empty toilet paper roll. The paper tube lion involves sticking foam balls, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and pom poms to your toilet roll. You’ll most likely have all the materials available somewhere in your home, so no need to dash off to the store for this one.

Have a look at the following post on Hello Wonderful here for the complete supply list and tutorial video on how to make this adorable jungle dweller!

#3 Mr. Cupcake Lion

If you are the parent of a fearsome child, you might want to help them express their inner lion with a fantastic and fun lion mask, and this craft makes it very easy to do so. The most wonderful thing about this lion mask is that it utilizes your little one’s handprints, immortalizing them forever and giving you fond memories to look back on.

This is a little bit more complicated in terms of the work needed to cut the plate to the right size and shape, but it’s still very manageable, especially with a slightly older child. You can have fun with the bright colors of a lion’s mane, or stick to just one color.

You will need to whip the paints out for the handprints, so make sure you have aprons and messy clothes to hand. Remember, though, this means a very memorable afternoon for your child – one of fun, creativity, and exploration.

This is also a great craft to do if your child needs to go to a fancy dress party. Lions are distinctive and recognizable, and the rest of the costume for a lion is pretty easy (you just need yellow clothes and a tail), so have a go at this in the run up to a birthday party or other event.

Just be prepared for a bit of roaring once this craft is complete, because your kid will love it!

Check out the full tutorial on how to construct your own cupcake liner lion here.

#4 Easy DIY Lion Card

Most kiddos view their dads as a lion – strong, noble, and fearless!! Why not spoil the dad in your child’s life with this adorable easy DIY lion card on his next birthday, on Father’s Day or Christmas, or just because you can celebrate his power and presence in your child’s life?

Simple Everyday Mom shows you and your little one exactly what you’ll need to do to put together this delightful card. This card involves cutting each piece of the lion’s face and mane separately on different colored cardstock and assembling it into a cute lion face. So, scratch out that colored card stock, glue, scissors, and orange marker, and get crafting!

Don’t forget to write a heartfelt message to dad in the card. It’s sure to be a keepsake he’ll treasure forever!

Get a complete list of supplies, photo and video tutorials on how to make the lion card, as well as downloadable templates over on Simply Everyday Mom here.

#5 The Leaf Lion

Incorporating natural elements into crafting projects is a great learning experience for kids. For this leaf lion project, you’ll need to head into your backyard and pick up a few beautifully colored fallen leaves. The action of carefully gluing the leaves to the paper practices fine and gross motor skills. 

The friendly folks at Easy Peasy and Fun were kind enough to provide a printable lion face template. Additional supplies include some paper, glue, scissors and coloring supplies. That’s it! A cheap crafting project which will keep the little ones entertained for a while. 

If you are the parent of a fearsome child, you might want to help them express their inner lion with a fantastic and fun lion mask, and this craft makes it very easy to do so. The most wonderful thing about this lion mask is that it utilizes your little one’s handprints, immortalizing them forever and giving you fond memories to look back on.

This is a little bit more complicated in terms of the work needed to cut the plate to the right size and shape, but it’s still very manageable, especially with a slightly older child. You can have fun with the bright colors of a lion’s mane, or stick to just one color.

You will need to whip the paints out for the handprints, so make sure you have aprons and messy clothes to hand. Remember, though, this means a very memorable afternoon for your child – one of fun, creativity, and exploration.

This is also a great craft to do if your child needs to go to a fancy dress party. Lions are distinctive and recognizable, and the rest of the costume for a lion is pretty easy (you just need yellow clothes and a tail), so have a go at this in the run up to a birthday party or other event.
Just be prepared for a bit of roaring once this craft is complete, because your kid will love it!

Check out the full tutorial post here!  There’s also a video tutorial you can watch with your child.

#6 Interactive Lion Mask

Danya Banya created this adorable and creative interactive lion project which is great for roleplaying and acting out imaginative stories involving lions and other jungle animals. This project is super easy to put together with the minimum of crafting supplies needed. You’ll need to gather up a paper plate, scissors, double-sided sticky tape, and colored paper to represent the lion’s mane.

This project is ideal for very young children and you’ll have the opportunity to teach them all the wonderful facts about the king of the jungle.

Have a look how you and your little one can put the lion mask together here.

#7 Fingerpainted Lion

If you’re willing to embrace the mess, finger painting a lion is incredibly entertaining. Kids just love getting paint all over everything. Keep them busy with this messy craft which needs some yellow, brown, red and orange paint, paper plates, a black market, and a large sheet of paper. You’ll soon have a pride of roaring lions roaming the rooms of your home! See the full tutorial post here.

The best part about all of these lion crafts for preschool is that you can tailor them to any age. No one knows your child better than you, so adapt to their skill level and you’ll have plenty of fun.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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