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So here’s the deal. It’s an excitable time of year. The kids need something fun and easy to do. You don’t have many art materials on hand. You want some real creative DIY time to inspire them. Grab a cardboard tube, crayons and scissors and in 5 minutes you’ll create a “Tiger”, together! Let’s get started.
Materials You Need:
- 1 Cardboard toilet paper tube or a paper towel tube cut in half
- Pair of scissors
- Markers & crayons
- School Glue & colored paper (if you want to get fancy)
Remember: Don’t buy anything! This is about using what you already have and discovering the possibilities.
1) Make 3 cuts in the bottom of your tube about 1.5 inches long and 1 inch apart.
2) Fold up the 2 flaps you just cut. These will be the tiger’s feet.
3) Cut out triangle shapes at the end of feet to form claws.
4) Turn around tube and cut off the extra piece behind the feet so your tiger will stand.
5) Cut this piece in half the long way to make 2 arms.
6) Cut a rectangle shape with angled edges from the top front of tube. This will form ears.
7) Make a cut from the top to halfway down the tube just behind each of the ears.
8) Turn tube around and cut off the extra piece at the top behind the ears.
9) Round off the corners at one end of this piece. This will be the tail.
10) Cut a small slot at the back of tube at the bottom. Slide tail into slot.
11) Slide the arms into each if the slots behind the ears.
12) Decorate! Use markers and crayons to draw the face of your tiger and color it’s body. Don’t be afraid to make up your own tiger with different colors or glued-on paper pieces.
Need more visuals? You can find the illustrated step-by-step instructions for the “Tube Tiger” at Scrapkins.com.
Thanks for letting us share this project. We hope you enjoyed it. If you’d like to see more of our recycled art projects for kids or learn more about our “Build-It Book” visit our website. Don’t forget to watch ScrapKins on Sesame Street next week; we’ll be appearing on a segment called “Recycled Art School” on 12/17 and 12/19!
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