DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Gecko Scissor Skills Craft
Some types of geckos change colors to blend in with their surroundings.
This is a great project to use when you are first introducing a child to scissors. It requires single "snips" only.
You can make this appropriate for older children (kindergarten and up)
by asking them to fill their templates with a particular type of shape
(squares, rectangles, triangles, polygons, etc).
- children's scissors,
- construction paper -- 2 or 3 different colours -- you can prechoose the colors or let the kids pick their own
- paper and printer
- ADULT: print template of choice or make your own.
- ADULT: Cut the construction paper into long, one inch wide strips (you can cut fast, they don't have to be perfect)
- show the child how to hold their scissors.
- let the child snip off pieces from the strips of construction paper... As the children get older, you can ask them to try to snip perfect squares, but to begin with, just let them snip away
- Either squeeze the glue onto the template for the child or squeeze some
into a margarine container lid and give the child a q-tip or popsicle stick
to spread the glue themselves.
- Let the child fill the template with the snipped pieces -- don't worry
that they go over the lines.
- Let dry.
- ADULT: cut out the shape along the dark line (you should be able to
turn the page over and see the dark black line through the back of the
- Cut out the eyes from the template piece and add them to the
- Glue onto a background --
some geckos change colours to match their
surroundings, so use a background color that's the same as one of the
construction paper colours you picked.
- Optional: Mom or dad can cut simple leaf shapes for the kids.
Put 4 or 5 leaves together to make a flower or arrange the leaves on a
construction paper trunk.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most