As parents and teachers, we value the importance of engaging children in creative and educational activities that will help them develop essential life skills.
With this handprint eagle craft, children can learn the value of patience, creativity, and hand-eye coordination.
Not only is it a perfect activity for nurturing your child’s artistic side, but it’s also a creative and playful way to teach them about birds and the great outdoors or celebrate any patriotic holiday.
So, let’s get ready to soar into the world of creativity with this fun handprint craft. Be prepared for lots of fun, lots of learning, and an incredible final product that your child can be proud of.
Eagle Craft For Preschoolers
We love paper crafts for kids like this one because they’re so simple! There are no special materials or tools needed. Just your ordinary paper, glue, and scissors.
It’s a fun craft idea for kids of all ages!
- Colored card stock or construction paper
- Glue stick
- Bald eagle template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to get the template)
Download the Eagle template. There are 2 versions. The first is for use with a single child. The second is for use when you have multiple children or students.
If you are using the single child template, print the template on white cardstock and cut out all the pieces, then trace them onto the coordinating colored card stock and cut out again. If you’re using the multiple child template, print each page on the coordinating colored card stock and cut out the pieces.
Trace your child’s hands onto brown paper and cut them out.
Begin to make the eagle by gluing the eye to the head.
Place the beak on the right side of the eye, with about half of it hanging off the side and glue it in place.
Next, take the tail feathers and glue them to the back and bottom of the eagle’s body.
Glue the claws to the front and bottom of the bird’s body.
Finish up by gluing the handprint wings to the back of each side of the eagle’s body, with the fingers pointed outward.
That’s all there is to this fun animal craft for kids!
Do you want to keep your kids entertained all year long with fun animal crafts? We’ve got you covered! Our animal craft book has 52 weeks of unique & adorable animal crafts for kids. Watch your child’s creativity blossom as they improve fine motor skills!
Crafting With Young Kids
While this papercraft is simple and straightforward, if you’re using it with very young kids you’ll need to think about a few modifications.
If your children (or students) aren’t proficient with scissor skills yet we’d suggest cutting out all the pieces for each child before the craft begins. This way, kids are able to watch an adult assemble the eagle and recreate it with the pieces they already have in their area.
Keep in mind you’ll still need to help each child trace and cut out their handprints, but having the other pieces ready will significantly cut down on the time needed to do that for multiple children.
Another suggestion is to only have glue sticks available. Younger kids generally are a little bit squeeze happy with the liquid glue, which always creates such a mess. Instead, use glue sticks that dry clear and you’ll have a much cleaner crafting station!
More Animal Ideas
Looking for a fun and educational unit study? Why not try an animal-themed unit! Many children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on activities. With that in mind, we’ve put together a unit study that includes crafts, printables, and activities all with an animal theme.
Read on below to plan it in no time!
Kids’ Animal Books
Reading to young children has so many benefits! First, it helps them to develop a love of books and stories. Reading also promotes language development, as children learn new words and concepts from the books they hear.
In addition, reading to children helps them to focus and increase their attention! For these reasons and more, we recommend starting with books!
The Fascinating Animal Book For Kids is a great book for curious kiddos! Find facts on almost any animal your child is learning about. This is a great resource to have in your home library collection.
The View At The Zoo is a silly book about all the animals at the zoo. When the people come to take a look at the animals, they see all sorts of sights! But, there’s a twist to this book that you have to read for yourself and laugh about!
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a sweet and fun book about Gerald the Giraffe. He can’t dance, but doesn’t stop trying! He finally finds his own rhythm when he meets an unlikely friend.
Kids’ Animal Craft Ideas
Crafting is such a beneficial activity for young children! From being able to practice fine motor skills to learning to follow directions to creativity, there are so many reasons why kids should craft!
Try adding in more of these fun animal crafts:
Alligator Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Your kids will be all smiles with this alligator craft! They’ll love using their imaginations to bring their alligator to life, and you’ll be happy to see them using their fine motor skills to make it and put on their own puppet show.
Bear Craft – This North American animal craft is so simple, that even young kids can make it! All you need is a printer to print out the template, some scissors, and some glue!
Moose Handprint Craft – This simple craft is so much fun and uses your kid’s hand to make the body of a moose! Don’t worry about getting antlers or eyes right; our free template has all the details covered. Kids will laugh and have a great time turning their little hands into majestic moose.
Paper Plate Skunk Craft – This skunk craft is not only easy for kids to make, but it’s also super cute! All you need is a paper plate, some paint, and a few other supplies.
Once the paint is dry, your child can add all the details to create their very own skunk. This is a great activity for animal lovers of all ages.
Animal Activities For Kids
Our animal do a dot printables are perfect for learning in a fun and creative way. With this simple activity, kids can use dot markers to complete the animal pictures and also work on letter recognition.
It’s great entertainment for a rainy day; kids will love completing the animal images and learning while they play.
These free forest animal I spy printables will keep the kiddos entertained for hours! Not only can kids work on their problem-solving skills and counting, but they’ll have a wild time hunting for woodland critters.
It’s an adventure they won’t forget – the perfect way to bring the outdoors inside and have a roar-some day!
With these polar bear worksheets, kids can learn about the Arctic animals whiles working on some fundamental skills. Each cool illustration will bring out your kid’s creative side as they finish puzzles, practice handwriting, and more. It’s a fun way to make schoolwork bear-y exciting!
Your little ones can learn their ABCs in an adorable way with these animal alphabet worksheets. Each page features a different animal and the corresponding letter in both uppercase and lowercase.
Kids will be quacking up at all the cute critter illustrations while working on their letters.
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More Summer Fun For Kids
- Colored card stock
- Glue stick
- Bald eagle template
- Download the eagle craft template. There are 2 versions; the first is for use with a single child and the second is for use when you have multiple children or students.
- If you are using the single child template, print the template on white cardstock and cut out all the pieces, then trace them onto the coordinating colored card stock and cut out again. If you're using the multiple child template, print each page on the coordinating colored card stock and cut out the pieces.
- Trace your child's hands onto brown paper and cut them out.
- Begin to make the eagle by gluing the eye to the head.
- Place the beak on the right side of the eye, with about half of it hanging off the side and glue it in place.
- Next, take the tail feathers and glue them to the back and bottom of the eagle's body.
- Glue the claws to the front and bottom of the bird's body.
- Finish up by gluing the handprint wings to the back of each side of the eagle's body, with the fingers pointed outward.