DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Inuit Coffee Filter Paper Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

This is a simple cut and paste paper craft that can be done "just for fun" or for an Inuit, winter or arctic theme. The coffee filter is decorated with marker and water to create the fur on the hood.



A note on fur: I know that some people feel that killing animals for their furs is cruel -- you can easily present this as "fake fur".

Whatever your beliefs, this can be a good opportunity to discuss waste -- in my opinion, there's a difference between aboriginal people's use of a whole animal for survival and people who misuse nature's resources -- wasting much of what they consume. This goes for animal use, land use, water use, etc. Historically, Inuit people used the entirety of any animal they killed -- the bones, the fat, the furs, the meat... no part was wasted.

Rather than talking about what other people should or shouldn't do... discuss with your child what THEY can do to prevent waste. Things like turning off your lights when you aren't using them or not letting the water run when you're brushing your teeth really do make a difference!


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