We made more lions in preschool

This class has also been exploring the letter L and they made lions too! The teacher started out by showing the children how to draw a lion face…

Then the children began drawing their own lion faces on orange construction paper circles…

I am a huge advocate for modeling drawing and writing skills for children then letting them try to draw on their own. Here were a few of the lion faces they came up with…

Once the children had their lion faces completed, then they began brushing glue on their orange paper for the lion’s mane…

Then the children began gluing on paper strips – the kind you use for party bags. We are in the process of using up a lot of our extra art materials and we had a bag of this paper left over that seemed like a great material for a lion’s mane.

Some of the children chose to tear the strips into smaller pieces and other children just piled their strips on the lion face in any old way:)

The lions didn’t quite turn out as expected but the children still enjoyed the process…

Even though there were plenty of other things in the classroom for the children to do – the majority of the children preferred to stand around the table and watch the action until they would get a turn. These children love to be together and work together!

By |2010-12-23T06:00:49+00:00December 23rd, 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. Jeremy December 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    We also made lions recently in our preschool. The first few photos are children’s drawings after watching a teacher model lion/cat face drawing. The last one is a lion with autumn leaves used as a mane.

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      What a great idea for the lion’s mane! I love the drawings too!

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