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The Best Lion Craft Ideas for Preschool

lion crafts for preschool

Need some new craft ideas for your preschooler? Try these 7 best lion craft ideas. All of them are great fun and will keep your child (and you!) entertained for hours!

#1 The Pretty Paper Plate Lion

Source: https://supersimple.com/article/paper-plate-lion/ 

They may well have done something similar to this before. But there’s no harm in making a super cute paper plate lion! It’s also a great opportunity to develop fine motor skills.

You Will Need:

  • Big popsicle stick
  • Paper plate (use a yellow one for maximum effect)
  • Scissors
  • Brown, orange, and yellow construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Black pen
  • Googly eyes
  • Tape

How to Make It:

  1. Use scissors to cut strips out of the construction paper. Make them all different lengths. Depending on your child’s fine motor skills, you might need to help them.
  2. Stick the strips using the glue stick around the underside edge of the paper plate so they create a mane effect.
  3. Make the ears by cutting two yellow circles and two smaller brown circles from the construction paper.
  4. Cut a brown triangle to make the nose.
  5. Glue the ears onto the top edge of the paper plate.
  6. Glue the nose to the middle of the plate.
  7. Stick the googly eyes above the nose.
  8. Draw the mouth and whiskers with the marker.
  9. Tape the popsicle stick to the backside of the lion paper plate.

You’re finished!

#2 The Paper Tube Lion

Source: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/cute-paper-tube-lion-craft/ 

You likely have everything you need in your craft closet already. It’s just a case of allowing for some preschooler-induced mess!

You Will Need:

  • Yellow construction paper
  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • 1 foam ball
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • 5 pipe cleaners (preferably in brown, orange, and yellow)
  • Googly eyes
  • 5 pompoms (2 large, 1 small, 2 medium)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Marker

How to Make It:

  1. Cover the toilet roll tube with yellow construction paper.
  2. Cover the foam ball with yellow tissue paper.
  3. Draw the lion’s mouth, nose, and whiskers onto the foam ball with the marker.
  4. Stick two large pom poms to the bottom of the toilet roll tube.
  5. Stick two smaller pom poms closer to the top of the toilet roll tube.
  6. Stick the smallest pompom to the back of the toilet roll tube for the tail.
  7. Cut the pipe cleaners and poke the end of each one into the foam ball, forming a circle. This creates the mane.
  8. Stick the googly eyes to the foam ball above the nose.
  9. Attach the lion’s head to its body.

You’re finished!

#3 Mr. Cupcake Lion

Source: https://raisinglittlesuperheroes.com/cupcake-liner-lion-craft/ 

If you have a lot of cupcake liners but don’t feel like baking, making a lion with your little one is the next best thing!

You Will Need:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Black marker
  • Black pom pom
  • Paper plate

How to Make It:

  1. Fold the cupcake liners in half and then in half again. Your preschooler will likely get the hang of this pretty quickly once you show them.
  2. Glue the folded cupcake liners to the edge of the paper plate. This forms the mane so you can go as crazy as you like!
  3. Cut a circle from the yellow construction paper. It should be big enough to cover the glued parts of the cupcake liners.
  4. Glue the circle to the paper plate.
  5. Cut two triangles out of the construction paper.
  6. Stick them to the top of the circle to make the ears.
  7. Glue the pompom to the center of the circle to make the nose.
  8. Stick the googly eyes to the circle.
  9. Draw the mouth and whiskers with the black marker.

You’re finished!

#4 Easy DIY Lion Card

Source: https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/lion-card-craft/ 

Whether you need a father’s day card, a birthday card, or a jungle-themed party invitation, these lion cards are super easy to whip up.

You Will Need:

  • Colored card stock (preferably in orange, golden, pink, yellow, brown, and cream)
  • Glue stick
  • Orange marker
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Lion card template (click here for the printable)

How to Make It:

  1. Print the template and then cut it out.
  2. Fold the orange cardstock in half.
  3. Line up the template with the folded edge of the orange cardstock.
  4. Trace around the template with a pencil.
  5. Cut out the template leaving the folded edge uncut.
  6. Cut the main lion face out of yellow cardstock.
  7. Cut the muzzle out of cream cardstock and glue it to the face.
  8. Cut the nose out of brown cardstock and glue it to the muzzle.
  9. Put the pink cheeks on either side of the muzzle.
  10. Stick the face onto the orange mane.
  11. Draw lines on the mane with the orange marker.
  12. Draw closed eyes, a mouth, and whiskers with a black marker.
  13. Cut out the ears and glue them close to the top of the mane.
  14. Write inside the card and you’re finished!

#5 The Leaf Lion

Source: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/lion-leaf-craft/ 

Crafts are always better when they incorporate nature. Your preschooler will have oodles of fun making this leaf-themed lion.

You Will Need:

  • Lion face coloring sheet (you’ll find loads after a quick Google search)
  • White printer paper (if your printer can handle the card, use that instead for a sturdier finish)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue stick
  • Leaves from the garden
  • Coloring pens or pencils

How to Make It:

  1. Print out the lion’s face on a card or paper.
  2. Color it in and then cut it out.
  3. Either keep the stalks on the leaves or cut/pick them off. Whichever way, it’s guaranteed to look good!
  4. Glue the leaves however you’d like onto a separate bit of white paper or card. Make sure you leave enough space in the middle to glue the colored lion head.
  5. Let the glue set.
  6. Hang it on the wall and you’re finished!

#6 Interactive Lion Mask

Source: https://www.danyabanya.com/lion-mask-craft/ 

This one is more than just a craft project. You can roleplay and act out stories with it once you’re finished!

You Will Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Yellow paper
  • Orange paper

How to Make It:

  1. Cut the center out of the plate. It might be wise to do this part for your child.
  2. Put the double-sided tape around the rim of the paper plate.
  3. Cut the orange and yellow paper into strips.
  4. Stick the strips around the rim of the paper plate to make a mane.
  5. Keep attaching the strips until there is no more sticky tape showing.
  6. Once finished, have endless lion play opportunities with the mask!

#7 Fingerpainted Lion

Source: https://kidscraftroom.com/handprint-paper-plate-lion-masks/ 

If you’re willing to embrace the mess, finger painting a lion is incredibly entertaining.

You Will Need:

  • Yellow paint
  • Brown paint
  • Red paint
  • Orange paint
  • Paper plates
  • Black marker
  • 1 large piece of white paper (A3 or A2 works well)

How to Make It:

  1. Squirt paint onto a paper plate. Ideally, you should have one plate per color.
  2. Flatten the large piece of paper onto the floor (outside is best to save clean-up time).
  3. Dip hands into the paint, one color at a time, and stamp them in a circle on the paper. This will create the mane.
  4. Once you’re finished finger painting, draw the mouth, eyes, nose, and whiskers onto the lion with the black marker.
  5. Let it dry.
  6. You’re finished!

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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