contributed by Leanne Guenther
I was pondering what to make today and chanced to gaze out the window just in time to see a "murder of crows" pecking away at my autumn garden. Yep, a group of crows is called a "murder" -- neat, eh? I haven't made a cardboard tube craft for awhile so I thought I'd add this little guy!
This crow or raven is a color, cut and paste craft that uses a cardboard tube as a base to give it a three dimensional effect. I love the toilet paper roll crafts that have wings!
The crow (or raven) works well for a lot of different themes, including:
- Bible theme (Elijah or Noah),
- Norse mythology
- Aboriginal (Native American) mythology
- autumn theme (with scarecrows),
- Halloween theme
- birds theme
- farm theme
Materials for making the crow craft:
- toilet paper roll,
- something to color with,
Instructions for making the crow craft:
- Print out the template of choice. I like to use the color version when I want the kids to have lots of time to practice their scissor skills but when we have a lazy afternoon available to us I like to use the black and white version (I still love coloring things in with pencil crayons!)
- Color the pieces if you chose the black and white version.
- Cut out the template pieces -- beginning scissors users can work on the large rectangle while someone helps them with the tougher pieces like the feet or the tail.
- Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper tube or you can paint the toilet paper roll black.
- Glue the tummy onto the front of the toilet paper roll.
- Glue crow's tail onto the back of the toilet paper roll. I glued it to the inside back and then folded it upward.
- Glue the triangular beak and eyes onto the front of the toilet paper roll. I let the eyes overlap the beak and each other a little bit.
- Glue the wings onto the back of the toilet paper roll to make it look like the crow is flying.
- Fold the feet and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).