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12 Months of Literary Activities: Peter Pan

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Peter Pan activities include this Croc Clock Puppet craft for kids plus reading extensions for history, science, and more

Peter Pan.  Little boys who never grow up.  Fairies. Pirates. Magic.

There is nothing in Peter Pan not to love.  I mean, it’s not cool that pretty much all the grownups are pirates, but I can rest easy knowing that I only grew up as much as I had to, and I’m definitely not a pirate.

This story is timeless because it sparks the imaginations of young and old alike.  It’s full of wonder and fun.  And awesome things to learn about.

Peter Pan activities include this Croc Clock Puppet craft for kids plus reading extensions for history, science, and more

Peter Pan Activities

The boys (of course) adore Barrie’s tales of Pan.  So it was important when we read it that we have some fun and awe-inspiring activities to go along with it.  Here are a few of my favorites.

History

Research orphans in Edwardian England.

Study Native Americans and discuss the differences between real natives and the Indians in the book.

Do a pirate study and learn about real pirates throughout history.

Geography

A fun map activity is to consider this:  the map of Neverland is different for every child because it is the map of that child’s mind.  Have your children draw a map of their own Neverland.

Science

You might not be able to study mermaids, but a cool historical fact is that Christopher Columbus and his crew mistook manatees for mermaids on their first voyage west.  So study manatees.  Because they’re very cool.

Humans can’t really fly without machines to help them along, but you could study flight and airplanes and other flying machines.   Or you could study birds and discuss the reasons humans are unable to fly.  Damn the solid bones.

Study shadows.  Make shadow puppets on the wall.  Check your shadows outside at different times of day.

Study crocodiles and/or newfoundland dogs or flamingos or wolves or lions.

Art

What you need:

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

What you do:

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Print out crocodile templates on green card stock

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Print out clock templates on white card stock

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Cut out Crocodile pieces

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Glue croc’s face onto folded bottom of paper bag, leaving eyes peaking up above the top

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Run a line of glue along the top end of right arm

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Pull up front of side fold and glue arm onto back of it

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Repeat on left side

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Run a line of glue on top side of right leg

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Pull up front of side fold and glue leg onto back of it

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Repeat on left side

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Cut out clock face and hands

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Run a line of glue along outer edge of clock face

 

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Glue clock face onto belly of crock just under muzzle

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Use scissors or exacto knife to cut a small slit in center circle of clock face, through face and bag, and on circular ends of hands

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Put brass brad through small hand

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Put brass brad through large hand

This fun Croc Clock Paper Bag Puppet craft for kids is a great activity for Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  • Push brad through both clock and bag and reach into bag to secure into place

Isn’t he cute?  I love him.  Now your kids can chase you around with croc clock, so don’t be acting like Captain Hook.

If you didn’t catch the activities for January-September, check out:

We’re almost done, y’all.  2 more months to go!  Come back next week for some Treasure Island and Oliver Twist fun!

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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4 Comments

  1. I love your ideas!! These are awesome.
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  2. I love this and wish my daughter was here as she would have been all over this Lesson Plan. So Charlie and I will create a clock in her memory and read one of her favorite books. Heck if he is good we might even sit down and watch the movie.
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  3. What a cute activity! My kids would have loved that when they were younger!
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