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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Animals in Motion

Recently in The Studio we invited guests to experiement with making moveable animal puppets. We used chopsticks, coffee stirrers, cardstock paper, wire, yarn, and lots of fun furry and feathery materials. This family made birds and a hopping rabbit! Below is a beautiful pair of galloping horses by  two sisters.

Animals in Motion at The Eric Carle Museum

After cutting out your animal shapes and decorating them with fabric, paper and drawings, we used hole punches and string to make moving arms or legs. Connect the animal to a chopstick handle with wire or string. Or, tape a chopstick to the back of the animal's body.

Animals in Motion at The Eric Carle Museum

Some guests made pair of friendly giraffes marching side by side...

Animals in Motion at The Eric Carle Museum

One slithery, bejeweled snake...

Animals in Motion at The Eric Carle Museum

...and a few more feathery friends.

Animals in Motion at The Eric Carle Museum

I hope you try to make a moving animal puppet of your favorite animal!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Diana MacKenzie

This entry was posted on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 8:00 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Special Events, Elementary School, Every Day Art Program, Mixed Media, Nature. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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