A reading pointer is a great tool for beginning readers. It helps them track the words on a page and trains the eyes to follow along.
You can grab any sort of reading pointer, but if you’ve got a kid that loves animals, they’re going to definitely love this fun panda reading pointer.
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Supplies needed for your panda reading pointer
How to make your panda bear reading pointer
First, paint the entire front and back of your craft stick with white paint. Allow it to dry completely.
While your paint is drying, cut two small circles from your black felt to use as your ears.
Once your white paint is dry, add your details with the black craft paint. Add two ovals for the eyes and a small circles underneath for the nose. Draw your simple mouth details. Finally, add two half circles under your face for your paws. Let all your black paint dry.
If you need something to do while your waiting for paint to dry, read a great book about pandas! Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim is a fun choice. It’s a Chinese American retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
After your paint is dry, glue your felt ears to the back of the top of your craft stick.
Attach your googly eyes on your eye ovals. I found that using self-sticking googly eyes made this step really easy!
Once your glue is dry, your reading pointer is ready to use! Let this cute panda help your child practice reading.
- Paint your entire craft stick with the white paint. Let dry.
- While your paint dries, cut two small circles out of your black felt for your panda's ears.
- Once the paint is dry, add details with your black paint. Add two ovals for your eyes and a small circle for the nose. Add a simple mouth and two half circles for your paws. Let dry.
- Once your black paint is dry. Glue your two ears to the back of the craft stick at the top.
- Add your two small eyes to the black ovals.
If you don't have any black felt you can use craft foam or black card stock instead.
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Use your panda bear reading pointer with one of these great books:
It would be so much fun to use your new reading pointer with a great book about pandas.
For nonfiction, try National Geographic Readers – Level 2: Pandas by Anne Schreiber.
Or, if you’re up to chapter books, try Magic Treehouse: A Perfect Time for Pandas by Mary Pope Osborne.
Here are some other books you may like: