Some people have strong opinions about possums. They either hate them or they love them. We know you are absolutely going to love this possum craft though. It’s so ugly it’s cute! It takes just a few supplies from your craft bag and has a pipe cleaner tail so that you can hang it up, as it likes to be upside down.
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Possum Fun Facts
Possums (also called opposums) are absolutely fascinating animals. They’re often looked at like just big rats and can appear scary, but they’re not scary at all once you learn a little bit about them. Here are a few interesting facts, and you can learn even more at The Farmer’s Almanac.
- They are marsupials, which means that they have pouches.
- Their blood is special and makes them immune to many venoms and toxins.
- It’s true that they actually do play dead…and very convincingly.
- Possums eat both plants and animals that are available to them, even going through the garbage. And they eat LOTS of ticks, which is great for humans.
- They are great at climbing trees.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Construction paper (gray and pink)
- Metal brad fasteners (black if you have it)
- Glue stick
- Scotch tape
- Pink (or gray) pipe cleaner
- Possum craft template
These supplies are ones that we always keep in our kids’ craft bag. They’re part of the master of supplies that we use for every single creative project that you’ll find here (and in our shop). That way, once you fill your bag, you’re ready to craft together any time…anywhere! No prep crafting is the way to go.
How to Make a Possum Craft
Step 1: Cut and Fold an Accordion
- Fold a gray piece of construction in half long ways
- Then cut on the fold
- Form the cut piece of paper into an accordion as pictured
Step 2: Use the Printable Possum Craft Template
- Print the possum craft template
- Use it to cut out all of the pieces for your possum from gray and pink construction paper.
*If you do not have access to a printer, cut out 4 pink feet and one pink nose. Then from the other half of the gray construction paper, cut a half oval for the bum of your critter and a rounded triangle for his face. Last, cut out 2 identical gray ears.
Step 3: Put the Pieces Together
- Use your glue stick to attach the rounded cut out to one end of the folded accordion. This is the back end of your possum.
- Then glue the head of your opposum in place.
- Next add his nose and paws. We placed the paws on the front and back sections of the accordion. You can also choose to attach them to one of the flat surfaces instead.
Step 4: Add Some Details
- Cut a slit in the bottom of each ear, about half way up.
- Then slightly overlap the sections of the ear at the slit and glue together.
- Attach the ears to the head of your possum craft using your glue stick.
- Add more details to your animal craft using crayons, especially some white around his face.
- Finally, gently push black brads through the paper for your possum’s eyes. *If you do not have black brads, you can use silver ones that you color with a marker, small googly eyes or just color the eyes in place with a marker or crayons.
Step 5: Attach the Tail
- Use scotch tape to attach a pink pipe cleaner to the back end of your opposum craft for his tail.
- Twist the tail slightly to give it some interest as a final touch.
Combine Reading and Crafting
Now that you know how to make a possum craft, combine creativity with a learning activity, like reading. Here are some of our favorite books for kids about possums so that you can add some reading to your crafting time together.
Check out this short Possum Craft video tutorial
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We love paper crafts so much. You can check out this article for 100 paper craft ideas.
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