Creature Features

Creature Features lesson plan

  • 1.

    Children are fascinated by animal faces. Adapt this activity to children’s interests and development. Older children may want to make masks, but younger ones may find these too scary. For children ages 3 and younger, close adult supervision is required to

  • 2.

    Study animal facial features in real life. Touch a velvety nose on a horse. Listen to a pig’s snort. Feel a dog’s wet nose, and a cat’s dry one. Children use all their senses to learn.

  • 3.

    Focus on facial design and features. Where are animals’ eyes? Noses? Do they have hair? Feathers? Tusks?

  • 4.

    Choose an animal that appeals to you. With Crayola® Washable Markers on white paper, sketch its face. What is its shape? Where are its features located? What size and shape are they? Look at pictures.r

  • 5.

    On construction paper, draw your Creature Features with markers. Make a mask or a collage. Be as realistic, or as make-believe, as you want.r

  • 6.

    Cut construction paper features with Crayola® Scissors (4 years and older) or tear them out (3 and younger). Attach paper, feathers, or yarn for hair, for example, with Crayola® School Glue. Add sparkles with Crayola® Glitter Glue.


  • Asking Questions
  • Reading Pictures
  • Stories
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts