Monday, April 23, 2012

Totem Pole Craft

Native American (or Canadian) culture, art and housing can be a huge unit study.  There are so many fun things for the kids to do, see, read and watch on the subject.  Today we learned about and made some Totem Poles.

Thanks to Paper Totem Poles we got all the information and templates we needed.  You can pick out the animals or figures that best represent your family.  Or just pick the ones you like the best.  Print them out, color them and connect them together on a wall to make a totem for your home.  My kids loved reading about what the different animals and which one best described them.  My oldest son said he identified with the Raven because it gets into trouble easily and out of trouble because he is likable.

Print out and have the kids color the different symbols. 

Even the two year old can do this craft. 

Colored pencils, crayons, markers, paints, doesn't matter.  

Everyone loved this craft. 

I am thinking I should have made it into two, this is huge. 

The eagle goes on top. I went in age order from oldest to youngest. 

I glued everything on to brown construction paper (to look like wood) but this way  you can write their names on there as well.  

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