Milk Carton Creatures

Milk Carton Creatures lesson plan

  • 1.

    Collect clean paper and plastic milk cartons, plus cardboard rolls and other recyclables. Offer more choices to older children. Close adult supervision is required to ensure safety. Children age 3 and younger can tear paper. By age 4, children can learn t

  • 2.

    Describe art elements (line, shape, form, color, texture) and principles of visual organization (unity, variety, balance, repetition/rhythm/pattern, emphasis, proportion, movement) that apply to children's work.

  • 3.

    Use encouraging comments and open-ended questions to promote children's analysis of their own work.

  • 4.

    Invent an animal with milk cartons, cardboard rolls, and other materials. Glue your creature together with Crayola® School Glue. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    If you wish, cover your creature with construction paper. Tear the paper to fit if you are 3 or younger. If you are 4 or older, cut the paper with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 6.

    With Crayola® Washable Markers, draw features on your animal, or on construction paper to glue on. Make eyes, spots, and other details.

  • 7.

    Glue everything together. Dry overnight.


  • Asking Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts