Take & Make: Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion Collage

Take & Make: Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion Collage

Take & Make: Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion Collage

Grade Level:
Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Preschool
Collection:
African Art
Culture/Region:
Africa
Subject Area:
Fine Arts, Visual Arts
Activity Type:
Hands-On Activity
Description:

Create a paper lion inspired by the Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion!

The Black-Maned Lion

The Black-Maned Lion is a rare subspecies found in Ethiopia and is named for the distinct, dark manes of the male lions. Once believed to be extinct, an estimated 50 lions were discovered in remote locations within Ethiopia in 2016. Ethiopia is located in the Eastern part of Africa, covering more than 435,000 square miles of land. In Ethiopia, and throughout Africa, the populations of lions have been rapidly declining, thus causing the lion to be considered a vulnerable species. More than 280 different kinds of mammals live in Ethiopia and about 40 types are unique to the country!   Now it is your turn to create a paper lion inspired by the Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion!

Create a Paper Lion!

Materials:

  • Paper lion template
  • 8.5 x 11 in. (or larger) piece of paper
  • Scrap or recycled paper, cut into short strips
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Download and print the project template.
  2. Cut out all five pieces of the lion from the template.
  3. Choose your own piece of paper for the background and glue the body near the bottom of the page.
  4. Glue the front and back legs to the body of the lion.
  5. Add the tail by sliding its end slightly under the body of the lion and glue it down.
  6. Use a marker or crayon to draw on the eyes, nose, and mouth of the lion, or cut apart pieces of scrap paper to serve as the eyes, nose, and mouth of your lion and use glue to attach.
  7. Flip the lion head over and glue strips of scrap paper all the way around the head. This will serve as the lion’s mane. Trim his paper-mane to the length desired.
  8. Glue the head and mane onto the body of the lion.
  9. Use markers to decorate the background and create an environment for your lion.