Pinecone Critters

Pinecone Critters

A nature trail, park, or backyard has all the materials you'll need for these no-glue creatures. With a little imagination, your kids can create and name one-of-a-kind pinecone charracters!

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Pinecone Critters

Craft Features

Lots for Kids to Do
This craft has plenty of steps kids can do, like tracing, coloring, decorating, and cutting with safety scissors.

Developmental Skills

Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Ages: 2-5

Materials

  • Pinecones, all sizes
  • Buttons or plastic washers
  • Pebbles, shells, or corks
  • Wild flowers, leaves, or feathers
  • Twigs or pine needle branches
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Driftwood

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Go outside, dig around, and gather some of the decorations.

  2. Step 2

    Invert your pinecone. Choose one that stands upright on its base.

  3. Step 3

    For eyes, insert buttons, washers, pebbles, or blooms between the scales of the pinecone. For noses, try corks, shells, buttons, or small pinecones.

  4. Step 4

    For arms, use twigs, broken branches, floral stems, or short pinecones. For wings, try shells, leaves, or branches.

  5. Step 5

    For hats, use wild flowers, pointy leaves, feathers, or pine branches. For antennae, try fork-shaped twigs, pointy leaves, or short sticks.

  6. Step 8

    For feet, try maple leaves, pine needles, or broken twigs. Then, for your stand, set your pinecone on a large branch, piece of driftwood, or stone. While waiting for everything to dry, let your child give his new pincecone pal a name!

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