Tiger stripes & how to draw a tiger

You will need: 

Orange and black paper or card,

This is a great activity to build ripping skills and control. Button loves ripping but gets easily upset if it doesn't rip the way she wants so I thought this simple but effective way to make tiger stripes will encourage and help her ripping skills. 
   She loved it and for the first time didn't get upset if it was ripped to short or wasn't what she had planned. She used what she ripped to make the patterns of the tigers stripes. It was lovely to see how proud she was with the end result. 
  While we did this activity we talked about some fun facts to do with tigers. Like a group of tigers is called an 'ambush', we learnt they were the most friendly of the big cats. Where a lion would attack another lion over his kill, a tiger would share his kill. Where a male lion eats first the male tiger eats last after the females and cubs. We also learnt a tiger can grow to 11ft so I explained thats nearly two Daddys.
   Daddy could also tell us an interesting fact, you can cross breed a lion and tiger as their biology is so similar it can be very difficult to tell difference between a tiger skeleton and a lion skeleton. So if the male was a lion it would be called a liger and if the male was a tiger it was called a tigon. 
All the above facts were then gone over again while we learnt to draw a tiger. Button stuggled a little at first as the legs proved difficult to copy but she soon drew one she was happy with. Mummy was happy with all her drawings but Button is a bit of a perfectionist.

Symmetric painting

You will need:
A pencil,
Orange and black paint.

Fold the paper in half and draw half a tiger face. Then let your children paint over the drawing outline in black filling the gaps with orange and fold. We folded after a few lines as Button was doing the paint quite thin.
   Button loves this sort of painting so when I saw the idea for it on Pinterest I had to try it. The final results were amazing, she was so careful with her painting and followed my lines. Then on her second one I told her to add the features and stripes to my plain face shape. She was so happy with her work she couldn't wait to share it with Daddy. 
  Of course while we painted, we went over our facts again. It was great to hear she had remembered every one. We have enjoyed learning about tigers.

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