Our kindergarteners are in the middle of a 'Pet Study'. They are learning all about different types of pets and how to take care of them. To culminate the unit they are openng up a pet shop in their classroom!!! Parents are invited in to 'adopt' a pet. They will pick the pet their kid made and then bring it to different centers run by the kids to give the pet a check up and get all the things they need to take care of their pets. (How adorable is this!?!) Of course, to make it all more authentic I bit off more than I could chew when I said to their classroom teachers, "Sure, I'll have them each make their pets in art!" It took us a full month to make 60!!! pets.
Despite being a crazy amount of work, it was actually really fun to make these pets. The hardest part was the first step of building the armature. I called in all my favors and got a ton of parent volunteers in to help the kiddos out with this part. We used a ton of paper and tape to make our shapes. I will admit, the parents did a lot of the work helping the kids add on the ears and tails to their pets, but the kids were all able to make the base shapes with balls of paper and tons of masking tape.
The next part was super fun. We took plaster strips and wrapped our armatures. Making sure to smooth out the plaster and cover our whole pet. This was the most fun part because it was the messiest!
Last step was to paint our pets.
The kids were insistent that their pets have collars and tags, so we used paper and some heavy tinfoil circles to complete our pets.