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Rousseau-Inspired Lion Project

Time: 1-2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

9x12" Construction Paper in black, blue, warm brown, dark brown, and green
Glue Stick
Construction Paper Crayons or Oil Pastels
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  • Step 1
    Cut out a 6" triangle from warm brown construction paper; this will be the lion’s face. Draw ears, eyes, a nose and mouth with construction paper crayons or oil pastels. Cut off the bottom tip of the triangle for the chin, draw "fur" and fringe.
  • Step 2
    Cut out an 8" triangle for the lion’s body; the sides can be slightly rounded. Outline the sides with black.
  • Step 3
    Cut a 6 x 1/2" strip of warm brown for the tail. Cut a 1-1/2" tall, 1 x 1/2" trapezoid from black construction paper and fringe the 1" end; glue the 1/2" end to the tail. Cut two 1x3" strips from warm brown paper and fringe for whiskers. Color them white.
  • Step 4
    Cut a 7" diameter circle from dark brown construction paper. Outline the circle with black and cut slits in the edge to create the mane.
  • Step 5
    Cut a sheet of green construction paper into 1x8" strips and taper both ends into leaf shapes. Cut off 3" from each strip; you will now have eight 5" leaves and eight 3" leaves. Use construction paper crayons or oil pastels to add color and dimension to the leaves.
  • Step 6
    Color a white moon on a piece of 9x12" blue construction paper. Glue on the tall leaves; the tops can be left un-glued for dimension.

  • Step 7
    Glue the tail and body on top of the tall leaves.
  • Step 8
    Glue the lion’s mane on top of the body and tail.

  • Step 9
    Bend the ears forward and glue the face to the mane, bending the paper out in the center to give dimension. Glue the whiskers to the cheeks.

  • Step 10
    Glue the short leaves to the foreground, overlapping each other, the mane and other pieces as necessary.

  • Optional Tip:
    Use craft foam instead of construction paper to create your jungle lion.

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