Remember the old saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb”? Well, we’ve turned that classic idiom into an adorable spring craft for your kids to make on March 1st. Kids will have fun predicting March’s weather with this reversible paper plate “in like a lion, out like a lamb” craft.
We were sitting at the craft table the other day, with a stack of paper plates in front of us (we love a good paper plate craft), and we were chatting about the weather because it’s been so up and down this winter. I said to the hooligans “It’s not long until Spring. March is almost here! What’s it going to be kids? In like a lion and out like a lamb, or in like a lamb and out like a lion?”
They giggled and looked at me like I was crazy. They’d never heard that expression before!
Doesn’t anyone say it anymore? When I was a kid, my mom always got us pumped up about the arrival of March with the lion or lamb saying.
So I explained to the kids what it meant:
If March comes in fierce like a lion, with snow storms and freezing weather, it’s said that it will go out like a lamb, with gentle breezes and warm sunshine. If, however, March comes in as gentle as a lamb, watch out! We’ll be in for a blast of nasty weather at the end of the month.
Does it really happen that way? Not always, but it’s fun to make predictions, and see if they come true.
The kids had some fun making their predictions, and I suggested that we make a lion and lamb craft to go along with their predictions.
Instead of making separate lion and lamb crafts, I thought it would be fun to put the two together, making a reversible lion and lamb that the kids could flip it from one side to the other, depending on what their prediction was, and what the weather was actually doing.
Using a paper plate seemed the most logical way to do it. You know we love our paper plate crafts!
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I LOVE the way this craft turned out!
It was really easy to make, using supplies and materials that we already had around the house, and there are some fun textures involved for little hands to explore.
What a great craft to illustrate a favourite saying from the good old days.
For our “in like a lion, out like a lamb” craft, you’ll need:
- paper pate
- paint – we used a mix of yellow, orange and gold
- yellow yarn
- black yarn
- googly eyes
- brown pom pom
- black paint
- cotton balls
- googly eyes
- black construction paper or card stock
You’ll also need:
- hole punch
We started by making our lion:
We painted our plates with a mix of yellow and orange paint. We went a bit heavy on the orange. You don’t need to add as much as you see in the photo here. We ended up adding more yellow, and we even found some gold metallic paint to give it a shimmery look.
When the paint was dry, we made our lion’s mane. We brushed a layer of glue all around the rim of the paper plate, and then with a very long piece of yarn we went around, looping and swirling the yarn and pressing it into the glue. I think it made for a very fine mane, don’t you?
Next, we moved onto the lion’s face. We glued on googly eyes, added a pom-pom nose, and some yarn whiskers.
We weren’t sure what to make our lion’s mouth with, and ended up experimenting with a piece of the black yarn.
A frowning mouth seemed most appropriate as we wanted our lion to look fierce.
One of the hooligans suggested angry eyebrows too, which really perfected the look.
Isn’t he terrific?
Leave your lion to dry for a while before flipping him over to make your lamb.
Making our lamb:
For our lamb, we painted the centre of the paper plate black, and then the kids pulled and stretched several cotton balls and glued them all around the plate to give our lamb lots of soft, fluffy “wool”.
For the lamb’s face, we added a couple of eyes, and then added a black nose and ears which were cut out of black card stock.
How adorable is this little guy?!
Here’s a side view of our completed craft: lion on one side, lamb on the other.
We punched a hole in the top of the plate, and looped a piece of yarn through for hanging.
Now our lion and lamb craft hangs on a doorknob where the kids can reach it and flip it around whenever they change their minds about their weather predictions.
I’m curious to see which way it will be facing when March arrives.
Will it come in like a lion or in like a lamb?
The mild weather we’re experiencing this week has us all predicting “lamb”!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.