Workshop Wednesday: Make A Paper Plate Animal

22 June 2011

Paper Plate Frog HeadThis is a lovely craft, and one I can claim no credit for at all. My son went to an arts and crafts workshop, and this is what they made. I was just blown away by what a simple idea it was. My son made a frog, but other children used the same idea to make rabbits, tigers and zebras.

There's so much you can do with a paper plate - I covered making a mask in an earlier Workshop. They're really cheap too. You can pick up a large pack for a £1 at the poundshop.

For this project you will need:

  • paper plates
  • coloured paper
  • paint and paintbrush
  • pen
  • glue
  • scissors
  • googly eyes (optional).

Paper Plate Frog materials and sideFirst, take one of the paper plates and cut out the frog's eyes. Or, if you're doing a tiger you can just draw the eyes in the plate, and cut out the top section into the ears (two little triangles). Using the pen, give these a little 'cartoon' shape at the bottom. This helps the child know where to paint.

The mouth and tongue were shapes cut out of paper and glued on to the paper plate after it had been painted. You can do this before, but it does really help the child if they can just paint all over it. And it gives it a nice finish (no overlapping paint).

And then you get to do a lot of messy painting! Do both the plate for the head and the plate for the body.

While you're waiting for this to dry you can make the legs. We did these by cutting strips of paper, and then folding them into zig zag shapes.

The paper legs and the plates are glued together when it is dry. Or at least fairly dryish!

Paper Plate Frog

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