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Crafty Creatures
Designed by Candie Cooper

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When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time

Main Materials:
1 1" FloraCraft® Styrofoam™ ball
1 3" FloraCraft® Styrofoam™ ball
1 3 1/16" x 2 15/16" FloraCraft® Styrofoam™ egg
1 2 7/8" x 1 1/2" FloraCraft® Styrofoam™ egg
Folk Art Craft Paint in Cinnamon
Elmer's® Craft Bond™ tacky glue
4 Cinnamon chenille stems
2 black 10 mm beads
1 1/4" diameter dowel rod
1 Tan pom-pom
1 small black pom-pom
1 sheet of cream acrylic craft felt

CraftBond Tacky Glue 8oz.

Basic Materials:
Wood skewer
3" square of tag-board
Wire cutters
Straight pin

Click here to download pattern image.

1.  Cut the 1" ball and 2 7/8" eggs in half with a plastic knife.  Sculpt each of the pieces to look like paws with your hands.

2.  Roll the 3" ball back and forth to make it an oval shape.

3.  Paint all foam pieces and dowel rod with the acrylic craft paint.

4.  Ear pieces:  Cut the ear pattern pieces from tag board and paint to match bear.  Once dry, cut the notch in the bottom center of the tab and overlap the tab pieces to make the ear curl.  Glue to secure.  Cut ear and belly pattern pieces from the cream felt.   Coil a chenille stem in a circle to sit on top of ear piece.  Repeat to create a second coil and glue on top of ear pieces followed by small felt circles.

7.  Arm/paw pieces:  Cut a chenille stem in half.  Poke skewer into end of a paw piece and remove.  Glue end of chenille stem into end of paw.  Repeat for opposite side.  Wrap a second chenille stem around the arm and trim when you get to the end.  Poke a hole in both top sides of the egg body and glue in the arm pieces.

8.  Leg/feet pieces:  Cut the dowel rod in half.  Glue the rod in the end of the feet pieces and then into the bottom of the egg body.  Wrap a chenille stem around the leg and trim at the end.  Tip:  To make the bear stand easier, embed fishing weights or coins into the bottom of the Styrofoam™ feet.

9.  Glue the felt piece to the belly.

10.  Make two slits at the top of the head into the foam and glue in the ear pieces.

11.  Push the bead eyes into the foam for eyes.  Remove and then glue in place.

12.  Glue the small black pom-pom on top of the tan pom-pom and glue to front of face.  Use a straight pin to hold it together while it dries.

13.  Poke a toothpick into the top of the egg body.  Add glue to the base of the toothpick and set head piece on top.


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