With Easter approaching, I have been talking with my kids about the Easter story. While at church child care, the children did a fun donkey craft and this was inspired by that. I was so impressed with what could be done with a paper bag and some felt. Here are the simple steps - plus a free printable- so you can make these Paper Bag Donkeys at home.
Supplies you will need:
- Paper lunch bag
- Yarn cut in 1 inch pieces
- Googly eyes (not pictured)
- Donkey head card stock cutout (make your own or download my version)
To make the body for the donkey, take a small paper lunch bag and cut a few inches off the part that opens.
Then, open the bag and push the ends inside to make it about half its size.
This will be a little wrinkled, so you will want to straighten it out and make sure the corners are sharp.
You will then cut out 4 rectangles in the middle of each side of the bag. Once you cut them out you can see where the legs of the donkey will be.
The donkey will be wearing a felt blanket on its back. To make the blanket, measure some felt that can fit over the donkey's back and go down its sides a bit. The length will vary depending on how tall you made your donkey. After you cut out the felt, you will add some glue to the short ends of the felt. My kids were able to do this themselves. Then we used our pre-cut pieces of yarn to create some fringe. I just got some leftover yarn from my knitting bag and cut the pieces for the blanket. You can really customize the look of the donkey by what color felt and yarn you use.
After your child has added the fringe to the blanket, have them put some glue on the donkeys back and sides where the blanket will go.
I have included a free printable of the donkey head we used. Simply print on light colored cardstock and cut out. I added some details to the head by drawing a nose, mouth and some lines on the ears. The kids had fun coloring the donkey heads with crayons. They both went with rainbow colored heads.
When the donkey face is colored, your child will glue on some googly eyes.
It's finally time to glue on the head!
Aren't they adorable? These paper bag donkeys are an easy Easter craft that your child can play with when they're done.