Simple Paper Plate Craft for Toddlers
Paper Plates make an excellent material to start off crafts with for toddlers they are fairly sturdy and the shape is fantastic for lots of different objects. This paper plate lion is a simple paper plate craft that you and your toddler can do together.
Materials for a Simple Paper Plate Lion
Paper plates (we got a value pack from the supermarket 50 for under £2)
Paint – red and yellow
Paint brush or expect mess using fingers
Paper in oranges
White and Black Funky Foam
Messy Painting gear
How you make the Paper Plate Lion
We have progressed from craft in the high chair to at our dinning table and this was our first paint experience so I made sure that he was safely in his booster seat and then gave him 2 paper plates. On each I squirted yellow and red paint which J was really pleased to tell me “red” and “yellow” he then started to mix the colours together and stopped suddenly looked at me and in a shocked voice shouted “ORANGE” apparently he has discovered that red and yellow make orange.
Once he had covered the paper plates I took one as my model and he had the other one. We had torn up some orange paper into 10cm (ish) strips previously (I keep torn paper in a ziplock bag for use each time) and got this out – on my model lion I showed him spreading glue with fingers around the outside of the paper plate and gluing the strips in place and he copied what I did adding an interesting effect by screwing up and unfolding some of the paper.
We then let the lion’s dry on our drying rack and today we added funky foam eyes and nose – I cut these out as we don’t currently have scissors that are suitable for him to use and then showed him how to glue them on – he quickly copied and then removed them and put the back on again.
To complete the lion we added a mouth and whiskers – I modelled them and then he drew them on himself.