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Even with limited materials you can make some interesting creatures.


Paper Animals

Here are some ideas for animals you can make using construction paper, a glue stick, and markers (with some play dough and sticks for support).
- Margaret and Tim
stuff you need
  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • An assortment of art supplies: play dough, craft sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, etc.

To make this creature, I made a tube out of paper, then cut into the tube at an angle to make the neck, and folded down the end of the strip to make the head.

I thought of this as an alternative to using toilet paper tubes for art projects.

Try folding long strips of construction paper back-and-forth (accordian folds) to make springy legs, necks, tails, etc..

I used accordian-folded paper to make this dog that stretches in the middle. This might work with the Reacher motion module. (He has two popsicle sticks in his legs that could attach to a module.)
Here's an easy way to make animals that can stand on their own four legs. (And if they can't, try reinforcing the legs with popsicle sticks.)
To make this giraffe, I first cut the body and legs from a folded piece of paper, then cut the head and neck and added a tail.
You could also try making bouncy spirals out of cut paper.
This cool shape is made from two spirals coiled together.

Tim was inspired by news stories about the snakehead or "frankenfish," a non-native species that can live out of water for 3 days and can catch and eat rats. A wonderful addition to any park.

He decided to make an expanding fish.

Here's a diagram of how Tim made the Frankenfish.

He made cuts into a long sheet of paper first from one edge then the other. (He made curved cuts that look like fish scales.) Make sure not to cut quite all the way across.

What else
Learn to build Motion Modules to make your animal move
Fold paper to create a Venus flytrap
See an interactive creature made with lights, fun fur, and a Cricket

 
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