This is a great and inexpensive crafty project to do with the kids. Making wooden spoon animals using some felt and simple materials that are easily obtainable.
We did this for the first time several years ago when the kids were just 3 and 4 years old. Even then they really loved the process of making their own wooden spoon animals, and had great fun playing with them afterwards.
Three years on, and we still have them, although one or two googley eyes have needed to be stuck back on!
So if you would like to give making your own wooden spoon animals a go, read on, or Pin it for later!
Pin Wooden Spoon Animals For Later!
We used a kit made by Top That! which was bought as a present for the kids one Christmas. The great thing about using a kit is everything you need is right there. The great thing about this kit is it comes with a 32 page book with lots of different 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. We have since made our own version of a wooden spoon flamingo using some of the leftovers.
The process is fairly simple, felt shapes are cut out and stuck to the wooden 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, the shapes are simple enough for an adult or older child to do. As my children were 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
You Will Need
- Wooden spoon
- Dark grey felt
- Light grey felt
- White felt
- 2 googley eyes
- Black felt tip/marker
How to Make Your Wooden Spoon Elephant
- 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.
That’s it! Allow to dry, then the elephant is ready to be played with or feature in a wooden spoon animals puppet 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!
So what do you think of our wooden spoons animals? Is this something your kiddies would enjoy doing? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.