South America: Paper Lizard
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South America: Paper Lizard

Lizards have many different joints in their bodies that allow them to move along quickly. Create your own lizard out of paper and use scissors to cut sections along the back so it will move like a real lizard.
Age Range: 6-8
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Manila Paper, 12"x18"
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's® Glue
  • Markers
  • Pattern Printed from
  • Pencil

Project Instructions

Step 1 Print pattern and use the image as a guide.

Step 2 Cut along the solid lines of the large triangle shape pattern (body) and trace onto manila paper. Trace and cut the head, mouth and four legs. Set head, mouth and legs aside.

Step 3 Decorate with markers.

Step 4 Fold along dotted lines of body.

Step 5 Shape into a 3D triangular shape, as shown, and secure with glue (or tape).

Step 6 Use scissors and cut slits down the body as shown.

Step 7 Decorate the head and glue (or tape) in place.

Step 8 Draw a tongue on the mouth and decorate as desired. Fold along the dotted line and glue (or tape) inside the open end of the triangle.

Step 9 Decorate legs and glue (or tape) in place.

Craft Notes

Pattern is set at 8½"x11". It will need to be run off and increased in size to accommodate 12"x18" paper.