Totem Pole Craft

by Amy on June 13, 2011

Totem Pole Art Project

The girls made these simple paper totem poles during our study of Native Americans.

We painted 12 x 18″ pieces of watercolor paper with brown paint. While the papers were drying, the girls colored animal totem pole images. {We used these, enlarged a bit.}

The girls glued their animals down the center of their brown paper, saving the wings to attach to the back.

Totem Pole art project

We rolled the paper into a tube and secured with clear packing tape. The last step was taping the wings to the back. Cute and easy!

The girls also had a great time making up stories about the animals on their totem poles.

More totem pole craftiness:

Kid’s Totem Poles :: Bloesem Kids

Paper Towel Roll Totem Pole :: No Time for Flashcards

Tin Can Totem Poles :: Family Fun

Children’s Books:

How Raven Stole the Sun by Maria Williams

If You Lived with the Indians of the Northwest Coast by Anne Kamma

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott

Totem Tale: A Tall Story from Alaska by Deb Vanasse

I really want to make a big totem pole for our backyard – wouldn’t that be neat?

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Melissa August 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I’ll have to do this with O. She received a Kaya doll (american girl) for Christmas, and she is VERY interested in Native Americans.

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Camille February 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Love this Totem Pole. Would love to have you come link up with us!

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