Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

Looking for some lion themed crafts? You’ve come to the right place! We have two VERY easy lion crafts that can be done by kids of any age. You can use the finished crafts as puppets, animal art to be added to your paintings, or “toys” (my kiddo loved carrying these little guys around and roaring as loudly as possible)!

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers


Cupcake Liner Lions

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

What You’ll Need:

  • Large cupcake liners
  • Small cupcake liners
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Small pom-poms

This activity is so simple that you will wonder why you didn’t think of it! All you have to do is glue the pretty side of your large cupcake liner to the pretty side of your small cupcake liner – in other words, right sides together. You’ll want to glue the small liner in the center of the large liner as it will become your lions’ face!

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

The next thing you’ll want to do is to glue your googly eyes and pom-pom nose to your lions white face (remember, that’s the backside of the small cupcake liner)! To finish off your lion be sure draw on a cute little mouth.

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

You should see that the larger cupcake makes up the lion’s mane – if you can find appropriate colors (such as orange and yellow) or a circular pattern like we found, your lion will be even better!

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

To get even craftier: glue a popsicle stick to the back, add a pipe cleaner tail, and you’ve got yourself a puppet!


Lion Bow Puppets

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

What You’ll Need:

  • Gift bow
  • Bottle Cap
  • Hot Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Marker
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Pipe Cleaner

Place a healthy amount of hot glue (I originally used white glue and found it didn’t work as well) on the inside of your bottle cap and stick it to the center of your gift bow.

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

Then attach some googly eyes, draw on a cute little smile, and hot glue a popsicle stick to the back of the bow! Once you’ve done that, wrap a gold pipe cleaner around your stick, leaving a long end for your lion’s tail!

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

How can something so simple be such a hit? My kiddo thought this was the best little puppet and used it as a toy with his other animal things.

Two Super Simple Lion Crafts for Toddlers

What are some other crafts or activities you did with your little one to help them learn about lions? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow us on Pinterest to keep track of our latest DIY activities!

This article has 10 Comments

  1. We do too! It’s fun to think of new ways to use the junk in our cupboards, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. I know! Imagine making animals with the curly ribbons…perfect for a Cowardly Lion puppet from the Wizard of Oz!

  3. Please keep us updated, I’d love to see how your puppets turn out! And P.S. Great timing with the Africa lessons! 🙂

  4. This is darling! My older son is studying Africa right now in his geography unit, and I think my younger one would love these little lion puppets! (He is BIG into imaginative play right now.) Thanks for the idea – I will let you know how they turn out! Heading to check out your Elephants activity, now..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *