March Comes in Like a Lion

  • Things you may have already:
    • White paper
    • Paint brushes
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick
    • Black marker

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5 – print the template and gather your supplies

Talk to your child about the expression, “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb”. For those of you that live in area where you are waiting for the arrival of spring in March, explain how the beginning of the month is usually still cold, with the continuing possibility of some snow storms, thus the “roaring” lion,  and then hopefully by the end of the month of March, the weather calms down and begins to warm up, and becomes more like the “gentle” lamb.

Active Instructions:

  1. Put brown, yellow, light brown paint onto a paper plate or paint palette.
    • Make your own  light brown by mixing white with brown.
  2. Draw a small rectangle onto the white paper to use as a guide for the lion’s mane.
  3. Using one color at a time, spread strokes of paint from the center of the rectangle to the edges of the paper. Continue adding other colors until all the white paper is covered with streaks of paint.
  1. While the paint is drying, print and use the lion face template and put the yellow paper on top to easily trace the larger shapes, rather than having to measure the shapes yourself. 
  2. Cut out the lion shapes for the face, nose, and eyes, (or you can use a marker to draw the eyes and nose),  cut out a black square for the mouth (approximately 3 x 3 1/2”), and cut out about 8 small white triangles for the teeth.
    • If your children are younger, pre cut these shapes before your begin.
  3. Glue the black rectangle in the middle of the dried lion’s mane.
  4. Glue the top and bottom yellow shapes as shown on the sample.
  5. Add or draw the eyes, nose, and whiskers.
  6. Glue on the teeth.

Here is a great book suggestion to pair with this project:


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