This is a great craft for the students to put together after reading The Huggapotamus by Steve Metzger! The book promotes a conversation about how to show affection for our friends and teachers in school and when the appropriate time is. After the discussion, the class can create their own Huggapotamuses and share who they love to hug the most!
Print out these templates (cardstock for the hippo head works best) and copy them accordingly! Have the students cut out the head and glue it to a white paper plate. Then they can glue on the phrase to the middle of the plate and begin to color and fill in the name of who they love to hug the most.
After that, they can receive 2 arms made from construction paper to glue on to the back of the plate and then when I do it with my students I put Velcro on the ends of the arms so that the Huggapotamus can actually give hugs! The students loved it!