3-D Forest Animals
Populate an entire forest with three-dimensional animals.
Use these 3-D animals to create a diorama for a book report or storytelling time.
Make 3-D stand-up animals to accompany a report, story time or a project including forest animals.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Cardstock or construction paper, Crayons, markers or pens, Pencil, Scissors, Tape
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut any of the 3-D animals from cardstock or construction paper.
- Add details with crayons, markers or pens on both sides of the die-cut animals (Figure A).
- Align the front and back of the animal bodies, and fold at the top so that all four feet touch the table top at the same time.
- Fold both tabs in toward the middle, and slide the slits on the tabs together (Figure B). This will allow the animals to stand (Figure C).
Create the forest
- Die-cut three of the Tree or Tree, Bare shapes, two from cardstock or construction paper and one from copy paper.
- Fold the copy paper Tree in half and make a mark at the midpoint of the Tree.
- Place the folded copy paper tree on one construction paper Tree, and draw a line from the midpoint mark up to the top of the Tree (Figure D).
- Cut along the pencil line. Cut a thin sliver right next to the slit to make a slightly wider opening. This will facilitate in sliding the two Trees together.
- Place the folded copy paper Tree on the other construction paper Tree, and draw a line from the midpoint mark down to the bottom of the Tree.
- Cut along the pencil line. Cut a thin sliver right next to the slit to make a slightly wider opening.
- Interlock the slits to allow the Tree to stand.
- Add some dimensional Trees to these 3-D forest animals for a project that is tree-mendous (Main Photo).
- Discuss other animals found in forests and their habitat.
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
- Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
NL-ENG.K-12-4 Communication Skills
- Students adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes
NK.K-4.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K–4, all students should develop understanding of
- Organisms and environments