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Free Printable Halloween Word Searches

Free Printable Halloween Word Searches

Whether you love the spooky, scary side of Halloween, the dressing up in costumes, or just the candy, you can get into the spirit of the season with these word searches. I made 3 word searches, with two of them being fairly easy and the […]

Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

  Penguins are sooo cute. I remember when our family went to the Gatlinburg Aquarium years ago, the penguin exhibit was our favorite part.   Here are two penguin coloring pages, plus one with a penguicorn (penguin unicorn). I’ve also included some penguin books and […]

5 Free Printable Christmas Tree Templates and Cutouts

5 Free Printable Christmas Tree Templates and Cutouts

Here are 5 printable Christmas tree templates for can be used for all kinds of art projects.

What kinds of art projects, you might ask?

Well for starters, you could do something as simple as print out one of more of the templates, set them down on the table with a box of crayons, and let your kids decorate the trees.

Or you could cut them out on green construction paper or cardstock, then set up a little craft station with things like:

 

But you don’t have to stop there. (Although you certainly can if you want to.)

There are also tons of crafts you can make using these Christmas tree templates. Here are just a few to get your imagination going:

  • Glue curled strips of colored paper to them to make a paper Christmas tree

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  • Cut out several copies on green paper, fold, and glue back-to back for a 3D Christmas tree

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  • Make Christmas tree ornaments out of fabric scraps

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  • Wrap a cardboard tree with colored yarn and decorate with sequins to make a homemade ornament

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  • Make layered Christmas Tree Cards

 

Christmas Tree Picture Books for Kids

You know I always love to pair a craft, coloring page — or really anything! — with a great kids’ book.

Here a few highly-rated picture books with a Christmas tree theme.

Pick a Pine TreePick a Pine TreePick a Pine TreeWhy Christmas Trees Aren't PerfectWhy Christmas Trees Aren’t PerfectWhy Christmas Trees Aren't PerfectThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeMr. Willowby’s Christmas TreeMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeTomie dePaola's Christmas Tree BookTomie dePaola’s Christmas Tree BookTomie dePaola's Christmas Tree BookThe Littlest Christmas TreeThe Littlest Christmas TreeThe Littlest Christmas Tree

 

 


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Small Christmas Tree Cutouts

Small Christmas Tree Cutouts

 

Medium Christmas Tree Cutouts

Medium Christmas tree cutout

 

Large Christmas Tree Cutout

Large Christmas tree cutout

 

Potted Christmas Tree Template

Potted Christmas tree template

 

Christmas Tree with Star Template

Christmas tree with star template

 


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More Printable Craft Templates

 

Christmas tree templates and cutouts

6 Free Printable Gingerbread Man Templates (small & large)

6 Free Printable Gingerbread Man Templates (small & large)

  Here are 6 different gingerbread man templates (well, actually 5 gingerbread men and 1 gingerbread woman) that you can use for all kinds of activities. The beauty of templates is that you can create activities that are as simple or as complex as you […]

Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

  Here are 3 Halloween coloring pages that are perfect for preschoolers, kindergarten and elementary ages. These are great for parties, playdates, classrooms, and even passing out to trick or treaters.   Check out these Halloween crafts for Preschoolers How to Make a Black Cat […]

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

This panda bear is a really simple craft that you can make within minutes of making this post.

There’s no set up, nothing messy like paint, and you’re almost certain to already have everything you need.

(If you don’t have black paper handy, you could even improvise by coloring some white paper with a black crayon.)

Honestly, probably the most challenging thing about this craft will be getting a toilet paper roll … which is why it’s a good idea to always keep a few of them around.

You also need the templates, which are available in my Resource Library.

You need a password to get access to all the goodies in there, including the panda bear templates.

So if you don’t already have that password, just sign up below:

 


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Panda Bear Craft Supplies

  • Templates
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Black & White construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue or glue stick
  • Black marker
  • Pencil

Supplies for panda craft

 

Panda Bear Directions

  1. Use the printed templates to trace and cut out the pieces for the panda on black and white craft paper.
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  3. Use a black marker to outline the white pieces to add details to your panda.

    Panda bear templates printed

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  5. Glue pieces 1 and 2 on the upper side of the panda’s head. These are the base for the eyes.

    Step 2 -- Panda bear face with eyes

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  7. Glue pieces 3 and 4, on the top side of the head to give your panda ears.

    Step 3 - panda bear eyes and ears

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  9. Glue pieces 5 and 6 and glue in the middle of the eyes.

    Step 4 - finish panda eyes

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  11. Use a black marker to draw the panda’s eyes, nose and mouth.

    Step 5 -- add panda mouth

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  13. Trim a piece of black construction paper or cardstock to fit the size of your toilet paper roll. Apply some glue to the paper, then wrap it the roll.

    Step 6 -- black toilet paper roll

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  15. Glue piece number 7, on the bottom middle part of the roll.

    Step 7 -- add white panda belly

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  17. Glue pieces 8 and 9, the hands (feet?) of the panda on both sides of the roll.

    Step 8 -- Add panda legs

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  19. Finally, glue the panda’s head on the top of the tissue paper roll, and allow the glue to dry.

    Finished panda bear craft

 


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Cute Giant Panda Family with CubsCute Giant Panda Family with CubsCute Giant Panda Family with CubsWilder Panda Bear FamilyWilder Panda Bear FamilyWilder Panda Bear FamilyGUND Panda Teddy BearGUND Panda Teddy BearGUND Panda Teddy BearCalico Critters Wilder Panda Bear TwinsCalico Critters Wilder Panda Bear TwinsCalico Critters Wilder Panda Bear Twins

 

 

Finished panda bear craft for kids

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Templates
  • Black and white paper
  • Pencil & Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toilet paper roll

Instructions

  1. Use the printed templates to trace and cut out the pieces for the panda with black and white craft paper.
  2. Use a marker to outline the white pieces to add details to the panda.
  3. Take pieces 1 and 2 and glue them on the upper side of the panda’s head as the base for the eyes.
  4. Glue pieces 3 and 4, on the top side of the panda’s head, giving him ears.
  5. Glue white pieces 5 and 6 and glue in the middle of the eyes.
  6. Use a black marker to draw the panda’s eyes, nose and mouth.
  7. Trim a piece of black construction paper or cardstock to fit the size of your toilet paper roll. Apply some glue to the paper, then wrap it the roll.
  8. Glue white piece number 7, on the bottom middle part of the roll.
  9. Glue black pieces 8 and 9 on both sides of the roll.
  10. Finally, glue the panda’s head on the top of the tissue paper roll, and allow the glue to dry.

 

 

Panda bear toilet paper roll craft for kids

School Bus Painting Activity for Preschoolers

School Bus Painting Activity for Preschoolers

I admit that I tend to be unfairly biased toward girls when I create kids’ printables and crafts for this blog. I don’t do it on purpose, but I’m guessing that it’s for 3 reasons: I used to be a girl and “girl things” appeal […]

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

I love Halloween as much as anybody else, but I always like the “cute” side of it (pumpkins, fun costumes, cartoony ghosts) aspects of it rather than the scary/gory/haunted house element. And, of course, the candy. If you’re looking for a cute-not-scary way to pack […]

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

You can never have too bookmarks — and this DIY mermaid bookmark is absolutely adorable.

The printable template includes the instructions (written in first person by the mermaid, who I’ve named “Pearl”), so kids can make this bookmark with little to no assistance.

All you need is the template, a glue stick, scissors, and any optional things like glitter or Mod-Podge to make Pearl extra fancy.

 

Mermaid Chapter Books for Girls

Of course you don’t need a mermaid book to go with your mermaid bookmark — any book would be fine.

But if you need some book recommendations, why not start there?

Third Grade MermaidThird Grade MermaidThird Grade MermaidTrouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Trouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Trouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Maybe a MermaidMaybe a MermaidMaybe a Mermaid

 

 

To make this bookmark, you’ll need the printables templates, which are available for free in my Printables Library.

If you don’t already have to super-secret password to get access to my Printables Library, just fill out the form further down in this post.

Not only will you get the templates for this bookmark, but you’ll also receive a discount code for my 10-page Mermaid Fun Activity Pack.

 


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Mermaid Bookmark Directions

  1. Print out templates on white cardstock.
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  3. Cut out the mermaid and her accessories.

    Mermaid template cut out

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  5. Fold the tab on the top of the mermaid’s head backwards,
    along the dotted line.

    Tab on head folded back

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  7. Glue the back part of the hair onto the folded tab. Make sure the colored side is facing the front. This will be your bookmark’s page clip.

    Glue stick againt white tab for back of hair

     

    Back of hair glued on

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  9. Arrange the small piece of hair on the front of your mermaid’s head and glue it into place.

    Gluing front of hair on

     

    Gluing hair on 2

     

    Showing how mermaid bookmark opens at hair

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  11. Glue on your mermaid’s tail, sash, starfish, and seahorse hairbow.

    Glue on mermaid tail and top

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  13. Get creative! You can use glitter, sequins, paint, and/or Mod-Podge to make your mermaid extra pretty and sparkly!

    Close up applying mod podge to mermaid bookmark

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  15. Let everything dry.
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  17. Use your mermaid bookmark when you read your favorite book!
    Mermaid bookmark in book 1

 


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More Printable Mermaid Fun for Girls

 

Mermaid Bookmark Craft for kids

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

This fall garland of leaves and pumpkins made from coffee filters is a fun craft that can kinda sorta double as a science experiment with a bit of creativity. This is one of those crafts — like my Mickey Mouse marble painting — where not […]