A great and inexpensive crafty project to do with the kids making wooden spoon and felt animals using simple materials that are easily obtainable.
Wooden Spoon Animals
So we used a kit made by Top That! that was bought as a present for the kids one Christmas. The great thing about using a kit is everything you need is right there, and the great thing about this kit is it comes with a 32 page book with lots of animal ideas, and plenty of spare felt to transform not only the 4 wooden spoons that come with the pack, but more animals in the future if you so wish.
So the process is fairly simple, felt shapes are cut out and stuck to the spoons with craft glue to create the animals with various additions of googley eyes, wool and a black marker pen. The only down side to this kit was there were no templates, so a small amount of artistic skill was needed to cut out the shapes. However, with 10 animal designs to choose from it would have been difficult to provide templates for all, and the shapes are simple enough for an adult to do. As my children are pre-school age, I did the cutting out and left the sticking and assembling to them. So as an example of what you can do I will give you step by step directions on how to make a wooden spoon elephant, because that’s my favourite!
Making a Wooden Spoon Elephant
- Wooden spoon
- Dark grey felt
- Light grey felt
- White felt
- 2 googley eyes
- Black felt tip/marker
- Using the wooden spoon as a template, draw around it on a piece of light grey felt, and cut it out. This should then be glued to the flat side of the wooden spoon.
- A piece of dark grey felt should be folded in half and an ear drawn on in pencil on one half. Cut out the ear from this double thickness piece of felt so you end up with two ears the same shape.
- The ears should be glued to the back of the spoon (the curved side of the spoon not covered with felt).
- A single trunk shape should also be drawn onto the dark grey felt, cut out and stuck onto the light grey felt.
- Two tusk shapes should be drawn on the piece of white felt, cut out and glued either side of the trunk.
- Two googley eyes should be stuck to the dark grey felt, and then carefully cut around the googley eyes leaving a rim of felt. Glue these into place.
- A black felt pen can be used to add detail to the trunk.
- Allow to dry, then the elephant is ready to be played with or feature in a wooden spoon show!
We made 4 animals, all were very easy to assemble, and the kids loved making them but also love playing with them now. A great crafty project for the kids, but also produces inexpensive toys for hours of amusement!