L is for lion in preschool

The children are exploring the letter L this week and today, this class made lions!

The children started out with a construction paper circle then added a construction paper mouth, nose, and two googly eyeballs…

Once they had their facial features added, the children brushed the edge of the paper circle with a thick layer of glue…

Next, the children added colorful pasta to the glue to create a colorful lion’s mane:) The colorful pasta was left over from another project we had done earlier this year…

Each child chose the direction he or she wanted to glue on the pasta. The lion below is a sad lion 🙁

The children really took their time creating the lions and did a terrific job managing the glue. Once the lions were done, they had to be picked up carefully and placed on the rack to dry so the pasta would not fall off…

The class next door made lions too, but they took a little different approach. I will show you their lions tomorrow!

Thank you to Rhyme Time for this fun idea!

By |2010-12-22T06:00:47+00:00December 22nd, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. bluedreamer December 22, 2010 at 7:46 am - Reply

    wow kids did well on their project
    love the first and the fifth

  2. Alison: Itsy Bity Learners December 22, 2010 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Very cute … bookmarking this for my jungle theme!

  3. Navjot December 22, 2010 at 10:31 am - Reply

    What a great idea!
    I will be sharing this activity (link) on my site as another resource to compliment my children’s book – “A Lion’s Mane” 🙂
    Thank you!

  4. Nicole {Tired, Need Sleep} December 22, 2010 at 11:30 am - Reply

    First of all, how refreshing to see something on a blog that isn’t a Christmas tree or reindeer right now. 😉 I LOVE their lions; they are obviously very talented children, and this is a great idea. I hope to do a unit with Matthew soon about Bill Peet’s book, The Ant and the Elephant, and I will save this craft for when we learn about lions! (There are all kinds of animals in the book, not just ants and elephants – I’m sure you know this.) Thank you for a great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      LOL – I agree – it is nice to see something different right now:) We have been doing holiday activities but I haven’t had time to take photos of most of them. Lately it seems I just catch everything but the holiday activities but I figure they will still be interesting to someone out there!!

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