How to Make a Bobcat for a School Project

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper

  • Masking tape

  • Plaster strips, three inches wide

  • Bowl

  • Craft glue

  • Faux fur

  • Scissors

  • Plastic doll eyes

  • Plastic animal nose

You can make a bobcat sculpture out of craft materials.

If you are teaching elementary-aged students about mammals, biomes or animal habitats, you can make the lesson more exciting and interactive by providing them with a hands-on activity related to the materials. Your students can work together to identify and create a mammal from a certain habitat. For example, when learning about mountainous habitats, students can make a sculpture of a mountainous mammal, such as a bobcat, out of arts and crafts materials.


Step 1

Crumple newspaper into an oval shape that measures 24 inches long, 12 inches high. This will be the bobcat's body.

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Step 2

Crumple up more newspaper to create four ovals to measure four inches wide, 12 inches long. These will be the bobcat's legs.


Step 3

Crumple up newspaper into a sphere that measures 16 inches wide. This will be the head of the bobcat.

Step 4

Crumple up newspaper into a snake-like form that measures three inches wide, six inches long. This will be the bobcat's short tail.


Step 5

Tape the legs, head and tail shapes in place onto the body shape.

Step 6

Crumple up two triangles from newspaper that each measures six inches on all sides. These will be the bobcat's ears. Tape the ears onto the head shape.


Step 7

Cut plaster strips to measure 12 inches long.

Step 8

Fill a bowl with hot water.

Step 9

Dip the strips into the hot water, and drape them over the newspaper form. Cover the entire form with two to three layers. Allow the form to dry and harden completely.


Step 10

Cover the surface of the bobcat with craft glue.

Step 11

Lay pieces of faux craft fur over the glue, and allow the glue to dry.

Step 12

Glue plastic doll eyes and a plastic animal nose onto the head of the bobcat to complete it.


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