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Clothespin Koalas

  • Motor Practice
  • Spelling
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3

Hang out with the ‘k’oolest letter in the alphabet!

Materials



2 Clothespins (Per Koala)
Foam Sheet
Acrylic Paint
Wiggly Eyes (Optional)

Paintbrush

Glue or *Hot Glue* Adult Supervision Requires

Scissors

Pen

Instructions



Step  1.

Draw a small circle on your foam sheet — then, draw an oval shape underneath it. These are the head and body of your koala!

Step  1.

Draw a small circle on your foam sheet — then, draw an oval shape underneath it. These are the head and body of your koala!

Step  2.

Cut out the head and body from the foam.

Step  2.

Cut out the head and body from the foam.

Step  3.

Now, draw and cut out 2 medium-sized circles from the foam — make sure they aren’t bigger than the head!  

Step  3.

Now, draw and cut out 2 medium-sized circles from the foam — make sure they aren’t bigger than the head!  

Step  4.

Glue the 2 circles behind both sides of the head — these are the koala’s ears!

Step  4.

Glue the 2 circles behind both sides of the head — these are the koala’s ears!

Step  5.

While the glue dries, paint in the ears and belly of the koala using any color you’d like!

Step  5.

While the glue dries, paint in the ears and belly of the koala using any color you’d like!

Step  6.

Then paint the koala’s eyes and snout — for some extra fun, add wiggly eyes! 

Step  6.

Then paint the koala’s eyes and snout — for some extra fun, add wiggly eyes! 

Step  7.

Paint the 2 clothespins using the same color as the koala’s body.

Step  7.

Paint the 2 clothespins using the same color as the koala’s body.

Step  8.

Once the paint dries completely, glue the ends of the 2 clothespins to the belly of the koala.

 

Find a place for your new friend to hang out! Pinch and clip its clothespin arms to a curtain or even an indoor plant! 

 

Step  8.

Once the paint dries completely, glue the ends of the 2 clothespins to the belly of the koala.

 

Find a place for your new friend to hang out! Pinch and clip its clothespin arms to a curtain or even an indoor plant! 

 

Spend koala-ty time crafting with clothespins while learning about the letter ‘K!’  

  • Bear-y Fun Names: The letter ‘K’ is a very common letter found in people’s names. Go around the room, or make a list of people you know, who have a ‘K’ in their first or last name. How does it sound when you say it?
  • All the Right Koala-fications: Strengthen hand and finger muscles by gluing, pinching, and cutting your craft components to practice fine motor skills!

Did you know koalas aren’t bears? They’re actually marsupials, just like kangaroos — but this isn’t the only interesting fact about koalas! After finishing your clothespin craft, head over to the National Geographic Kids website to learn all about these tree-hugging animals!