Grab old magazines and watch your child’s creativity blossom as you create your own animal collage. Create, name and describe for added fun!
What animal has a tail like a beaver, a bill and webbed feet like a duck, and a body and fur similar to an otter?
Okay, here’s another one. What animal has a bird’s tail, manatee’s head, elephant’s trunk, camel’s hind legs, squirrel’s front paws, cougar’s tail, and half a horse’s back? No, it’s not a creature from one of Dr. Seuss’s books.
It’s a berde vontai!
Never heard of it before?
That’s because it is a made-up animal created by my daughter.
Grab some old magazines and a few basic supplies to create your own “mixed-up” animal.
Supplies Need to Create Your Own Animal Collage
- old magazines (with animals pictured in them)*
* We used old editions of Ranger Rick and National Geographic for Kids to create our animal collages. If you don’t have any magazines at home, that’s okay! Check at your local library to see if they have any outdated magazines they are discarding. Perfect for projects like this! Or you can also print pictures of animals you find online.
How to Create Your Own Magazine Animal Collage
- Find pictures of animals.
- Choose which parts you would like to use in your own made-up creature.
- Cut the animal parts out of the magazines.
- Position the animal parts on a piece of paper.
- Glue them in place.
Ways to Extend the Animal Collage Activity
Once you have created your animal, make up some information about it.
Older kids can write their own descriptions. Younger kids can dictate the descriptions for an adult to write.
Questions to Prompt Describing Your Newly Created Animals:
- What is it called?
- Why is it called that?
- How long does it live?
- How many babies does it have?
- What does it eat?
- What predators does it have?
- Where does it live?
- How fast or slow is it?
- How big is it?
- What is something interesting about it?
This is how my daughter described her own created animal, the Berde Vontai.
The Berde Vontai apparently means “mixed up” in Greek (according to my daughter). It is a mammal that has one baby each year. It lives about 10-25 years and can run 50 miles per hour. And it eats bugs, small fish, berries, and nuts. It lives along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and hisses when it is frightened. Coyotes and wolves are its main predators.
Fill in the Blanks Animal Craft Project
Once you have completed creating your collages, you may be left with a bunch of animals that are missing parts.
Great for a second recycled arts and crafts project!
First, cut out the rest of those animals from the magazine.
Then, glue the animals onto a piece of paper.
Finally, add the missing parts by hand.
Apparently this elephant was missing a trunk and a balloon!