Clothespin Critters

Lesson #9648

Create fun clothespin decorations to wear or hang on bulletin boards.

Grade Level:

Completed Critters can be used to hold papers to clip on students' shirts to designate different teams or report groups and to highlight the classroom or a bulletin board. Additionally, these Critters can be used as teaching tools to enhance oral presentations and support science lessons about organisms.

The teacher can use this assortment of Clothespin Critters to decorate bulletin boards, group students, guide oral presentations or teach lessons in science.

26838-LG-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Clothespin Critters (5 Die Set) - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Clothespins, Florist Wire, Glue, Pipe Cleaners, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut Clothespin Critters from a variety of colors of cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Die-cut a second body part for the Bee, Butterfly and Dragonfly. Attach these to the bottom of a clothespin (Figure A).
  3. Students may color parts of the Clothespin Critters or use additional die-cuts to layer them.
  4. Bee- Adhere the wings over the body (Figure B). Attach pipe cleaner antennae to the tip of a wooden clothespin (Figure C) and adhere the Bee with the head over the antennae (see Main Photo).
  5. Butterfly- Adhere the body over the wings (Figure D) and adhere to the top of a clothespin (see Main Photo).
  6. Dragonfly- Adhere the wings on top of the body (Figure B). Add thin florist wire antennae and adhere the Dragonfly over the antennae to the top of a clothespin.
  7. Ladybug- Adhere the smaller body part under a clothespin (Figure E). Attach pipe cleaner antennae to the tip of the wooden clothespin and adhere the Ladybug body and wings over the antennae.
  8. Spider- Adhere the legs under a clothespin (Figure F). Attach the body to the top of the clothespin.

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

Science: Life Science

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • the characteristics of organisms.
  • life cycles of organisms.
  • organisms and environments.

Source:National Science Education Standards

English Language Arts: Communication Skills

K-12: Standard 4

  • 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.

Standards for the English Language Arts by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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