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Paper Plate Animals
|Paper plate animals are a wonderfully versatile craft that children can make for any animal-themed lesson or activity.|
Think about what animal you want to makeImagine a paper plate to be the animal's head.
What do you need to decorate the paper plate
with to make it more look like the animal you
have in mind?
Make the ears and other special partsThe next step involves cutting out head parts
that need to be painted the same color as the
head. For most animals, this will involve cutting
out a pair of ears out of construction paper or
|Some animals, like the elephant, will need |
additional parts, like its long trunk.
Attach the earsWith the paper plate's right side up, glue the
pair of ears on either side of the plate.
Allow the glue to dry.
|If your animal has other parts that need to be |
glued on, flip the paper plate over so that the
bottom side is facing up, before gluing on the
trunk or other head parts.
Paint the animalRemember to position the paper plate
bottom side up with the ears glued at
the back. Paint the animal with any
|Paint on some spots or stripes if your |
animal has these patterns. You can finger
paint or use a paint brush. If you want to
try something new, you can make your
own potato stamps or
fruit and vegetable stamps to make the
animal patterns. After you're done painting,
allow the paint to dry completely.
Add eyesWhen the paint has dried, you can add the
remaining facial features. To make the eyes,
you can glue on wiggle eyes, buttons or
Make the nose and mouthFor a lot of animals, you can simply draw or
paint on the nose and mouth.
Examples are shown below
that include a leopard, tiger and lion.
Some animals like this giraffe, have snouts.
To make a snout, cut out an oval shape from
construction paper and draw the animal's
nostrils and mouth on it. You can use crayons,
colored pencils or markers for drawing.
|Glue the snout onto to the paper plate head. |
To make the animal's head a little less round,
position the snout so that it protrudes a little
bit along the bottom of the plate. You can do
this with long-faced animals such as giraffes,
horses, cows or goats.
Additional detailsYou can add additional details if you like. This
giraffe needs a pair of horns and I made them
by cutting a craft stick in half and gluing them
at the back of the paper plate. The craft sticks
can be colored or painted before gluing on
circles out of construction paper at the tips of
|8.||This giraffe illustrates the basic steps for making paper plate animals. More ideas for making these animals are presented in the section below.|| |
Paper Plate Tiger and LeopardChildren will surely enjoy exploring
and painting the different patterns
and colors that animals have. This
craft can also be used to learn about
the similarities and differences of
animals belonging to the
same family or classification.
Paper Plate LionThe important detail for making a
lion is its mane. Cut out strips of
brown construction paper or
crepe paper and glue these around
the back edge of the paper plate.
Paper Plate ElephantAs shown in the tutorial above
(Step 3), a long trunk out of
cardboard or construction paper
is attached to the paper plate
prior to painting. The lines
or creases can be painted on
or drawn with a crayon. When
using a crayon, make sure the
painted paper plate is dry before
drawing the lines or other
Paper Plate PuppyIf you don't feel like making a messy
craft, you can skip the painting step
altogether. This puppy just needed
brown paper cut-outs for the ears
and the patch around the eyes.
The nose was cut out from thick
craft foam to give it a more
Paper Plate RabbitTo add fluff to this rabbit, a pompom
was glued on for the nose and a fluffy
snout was created out of cotton.
Paper Plate ZebraThe steps for making this zebra are
almost identical to that of the giraffe
except for the tufts of hair at the top
of the zebra's head. To make these
hair (or mane), cut thin strips
of black construction paper and glue
these at the back of the paper plate,
in the area between the ears.
Paper Plate CowCraft sticks are great for making
animal horns although you can
also make horns out of construction
paper or cardboard.
Paper Plate ReindeerHandprints are an easy way of making
antlers. See how it's done in our
paper plate reindeer
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